Emiliano Buendia, a Norwich midfielder, has joined Aston Villa.

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Emiliano Buendia, a Norwich midfielder, has joined Aston Villa.

Emiliano Buendia, a midfielder from Norwich, has joined Aston Villa for a club-record transfer sum.

Buendia was the Canaries’ player of the season, scoring 15 goals and contributing 16 assists – more than any other player in the league – as they won the Sky Bet Championship title and secured a direct return to the Premier League.

After completing his medical and finalizing personal details during Argentina’s World Cup qualifying match against Colombia, Villa confirmed Buendia had signed a five-year agreement worth over £30 million plus add-ons.

“Emiliano is equally capable as a wide attacker or as a number 10 and is a terrific addition to our attacking options,” Villa head coach Dean Smith said on the club’s website.

“We are ecstatic to have made such a fantastic signing so early in the summer, and we are looking forward to Emi joining us for the entire pre-season.”

Norwich have made a tidy profit on the Argentina playmaker, who was purchased for about £1.6 million from Getafe in Spain in 2018.

During his three seasons at Carrow Road, Buendia made 121 appearances in all competitions, scoring 24 goals.

Norwich sports director Stuart Webber confessed the club was “left with little option” but to ratify the transfer once Buendia had his heart set on a move away and Villa came up with the proper price.

On www.canaries.co.uk, Webber said, “While we are saddened to have lost a terrific player, we should take a moment to be proud of the journey that both Emi and the club have been on.”

“It has been a memorable journey from the moment our club scouts noticed Emi to Daniel (Farke) and the team giving him an opportunity.

“Emi has been outstanding from the moment he arrived. He has put in a lot of effort, and we are happy of how far he has come as a player and as a person.

He made it plain that he wanted to join Aston Villa, and they reached the degree of agreement that we have now. (This is a brief piece.)

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