Smith excited to land Buendia
Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City for a club record fee and Dean Smith is delighted with his new recruit.
Villa finished 11th in the Premier League last season and they are priced at 11/10 to break into the top half of the table next term.
We are delighted to have made such an exciting signing so early in the summer.Dean Smith
After making huge strides forward in 2020-21, the Villans are clearly keen to build further momentum over the coming years and Buendia's signing is a major signal of intent.
Several clubs had been linked with Buendia's services, including Arsenal, but Villa have won the race and subsequently secured a five-year deal for the South American.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who has been on international duty with Argentina, completed his medical and agreed personal terms after his nation's qualifying clash with Colombia.
The playmaker, widely regarded as the top performer in the Championship in 2020-21, was integral in helping the Canaries secure an immediate return to the Premier League last term, and Smith is relishing the opportunity to get to work with his new addition.
The Villa Park head coach Smith told the official club website: "Emiliano has just completed an outstanding season in a championship-winning Norwich side, with 31 combined goals and assists and was named player of the season across the league.
"He is equally capable as a wide attacker or as a number 10 and is a great addition to our attacking options.
"We are delighted to have made such an exciting signing so early in the summer and look forward to Emi joining up with us for a full pre-season."