Leeds United quoted asking price for Norwich City man

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Leeds United have big plans for the summer transfer window.

After 16 years outside of the top flight the west Yorkshire side mean business as they look to start rubbing shoulders with England's best.

Following an outstanding season in the Championship the Whites could be forgiven for being confident as the new season approaches, but they must be cautious.

The step from the second tier into the first is huge, and that means that Leeds must be prepared.

While the current first team squad must be prepared for a completely new challenge next term, it's also essential that Victor Orta and the recruitment team bring in players who can help them acclimatise to the Premier League.

One man who's been heavily linked is Emi Buendia.

The Norwich City man attracted attention after showing a glimpse of what he was capable of in the top flight this term.

Valued at £13.05m by Transfermarkt, Buendia racked up one goal and eight assists during a torrid campaign for the Canaries which saw them relegated.

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But despite facing life in the Championship, the attacking midfielder may not have to hang around for long.

Reports from the Press Association, quoted by Teamtalk, claim that Norwich City are willing to let Buendia leave the club this summer.

However he won't come cheap.

It's claimed that Leeds would have to pay a fee in the region of £20million if they're to sign the Argentine midfielder.

Given the fact that Norwich signed Buendia for £1.3million in 2018, they stand to make a huge profit should a deal get done.

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Emi Buendia is undoubtedly a talented player.

Despite Norwich City's struggles, the midfielder still managed to rack up eight assists for the Canaries in a side that were cut adrift at the bottom of the table.

The 23-year-old deserves another opportunity to impress in the Premier League, but let's not pretend that he's the finished article.

Buendia has a lot to prove at the highest level, and that means that Leeds United making a move is a gamble.

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That's not to say that it won't pay off, but paying £20million for a player with one year of mixed experience in the top flight is a lot.

Perhaps a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent deal would be more suitable.

The midfielder has shown what he can do in small doses, and if he can replicate that in a Leeds side who will be hoping to push themselves up the table, then it would mean that the £20million fee would be justified.

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