Arsenal are ready to re-open talks for Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega according to the Mirror, and he should be the start of Unai Emery’s bargain hunt this summer.
He’s played 22 times this season, scoring three goals and making three assists in the process, but most importantly he’s been key in two Europa League victories and one Spanish Cup win. Arsenal could do with some trophy-winning experience in their ranks.
It’s widely known Arsenal won’t have much money to spend again this summer, and so the Gunners manager has an uphill battle on his hands to acquire the players with the technical ability to play his fluid, attacking system. The club will have to dig deep into their scouting network to find cheap talent capable of mounting a title challenge next season.
This Argentinian, however, has been under Emery’s watch for years now, having been managed by the Spaniard on two occasions, at Seville and Valencia. The fact he knows Emery’s system inside out could make him the perfect acquisition for Arsenal, who have struggled to adapt to the changes the manager has implemented at times this season.
The one concern would be his age because he turns 31-years-old in June and so can’t be considered a player for the future. However, his role may not be needed in the future anyway. Emery needs reliable players, who know his or similar ways of playing to usher Arsenal’s existing talent into line.
Yes, it would be preferable to have a player who is proven in a system like Emery’s and who is young enough to be the Gunners’ midfield lynchpin for the next ten years, but with the spending restrictions in place at The Emirates, the best of both worlds would simply cost too much.
His apparent £17m buy-out clause already looks an attractive proposition for what is a proven midfielder, but it he could turn into one of Arsenal’s best signings this decade if he can stamp his mark on their midfield and help the talent around him to adapt too. That could lead to a title challenge, and who knows, maybe even the Premier League trophy.
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