By Kevin Campbell

11th Jan, 2021 | 3:00pm

Great Business - Exclusive: Top pundit reacts to Arsenal exchange deal report

Arsenal “need” a player like Buendia and with two youngsters potentially headed the other way in a reported swap deal the exchange makes sense for both parties. 

That is according to ex-Arsenal man Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge with Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson tabled as possible makeweights in a Buendia deal.

The Argentinian attacking midfielder has been touted as a solution to Arsenal’s well-documented creativity, with the Express outlining the North London club’s intentions for a player-plus-cash deal in January.

Campbell believes this would be a smart bit of business for both clubs.

It would see Arsenal profit from the 24-year-old’s inventiveness and Willock or Nelson to benefit from exposure to first-team football.

“I think that is a move that could work for everyone,” he told Football Insider.

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“The Arsenal youngsters need to play regular football. Norwich play good football so it would be good for either Willock or Nelson to go there and learn and Arsenal get Buendia as part of the package.

“He is one of the players that we need. It would work out perfectly. Norwich would be getting a quality replacement for Buendia in the meantime, so I do not see it being a problem if the club table the money for Buendia.” 

Buendia signed for Norwich from Getafe for an undisclosed fee in June 2018.

He has since played 99 times for the club and scored 16 goals, with 36 of those appearances coming in the Premier League.

In other news, a highly-regarded Arsenal youngster has been linked with a Leeds United move.