Norwich City transfer rumours: City set asking prices for Buendia and Lewis
PUBLISHED: 18:15 09 August 2020
Norwich City will reportedly demand £20million for young stars Emi Buendia and Jamal Lewis this summer.
The pair have been heavily linked with moves away from Carrow Road following the Canaries relegation from the Premier League.
Buendia has been linked with a move to newly-promoted Leeds United with Spanish duo Atletico Madrid and Valencia also said to be keen on the 23-year-old.
Crystal Palace are the latest side credited with an interest in the Argentine, with the Sun’s Alan Nixon stating that the London club would be keen to bring Buendia to Selhurst Park.
“Everyone helped me here since the beginning,” Buendia told Sky Sports last month. “I have a contract here and I hope the club, the team and the fans get back to the Premier League as soon as possible.”
Jamal Lewis is the only City player to have been the subject of a firm transfer offer - with Liverpool bidding £8million plus £2million in add-ons last week.
The Merseysiders have been heavily linked with a move for the Northern Irish international as Jurgen Klopp seeks cover for left-back Andrew Robertson.
The Sun’s report adds that the Premier League champions would be willing to increase their offer closer to City’s valuation of £20million - but the Canaries will retain their firm stance over fees for their young stars in the weeks ahead.
The Canaries believe Lewis is worth considerably more than £10m, with the 22-year-old homegrown prospect under contract until 2023.
City have set the benchmark for any deal involving their young players at the same price they received for James Maddison from Leicester City in 2018 - believed to be in excess of £20million.
Speaking last month, Webber said: “We are difficult to negotiate with when we are selling, and we hold all the cards on our young players,” he said. “Not one of them has less than three years left on their contracts. They owe us, we owe them.
“They are homegrown, and British players cost more. That is almost a Premier League tax these days. We are fortunate we have a few of them. I am sure there will also be interest in our younger ones.
“But that will be on our terms.”
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