After arriving early for my evening shift at the Football Transfer Tavern I notice a large group of supporters gathered around the fruit machine.
However it appears that they are not all trying to break the bank on the machine but are keenly listening to the latest reports from Ben Jefferson of The Express who has arrived back in the tavern.
Ben is explaining that Valencia midfielder Ever Banega has put a host of Premier League clubs on alert after his agent admitted that the Argentine international could leave Valencia in the January transfer window.
According to reports, Banega has grown increasingly frustrated with life at the Mestalla under Miroslav Djukic as he struggles for regular football.
This is a major issue for the player in a World Cup year as he remains a key member of Alejandro Sabella’s national team and he won’t want to damage his chances of selection by staying at the La Liga club.
His agent Marcelo Simonian has confirmed that his client has had contact with various clubs including those in the Premier League.
He said: “I can only tell you that we are already talking with several clubs in relation to the next window.
“In the next few days I will be travelling to present all the options to Valencia.”
This, Ben continues, could see the midfield man arriving in England as Manchester United look to strengthen and Arsenal seek another defensive-minded player for the side in case of further injuries to summer signing Mathieu Flamini.
While Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino was also linked with a move for Banega over the summer and could now revive his interest during the upcoming transfer window.
One United punter stands up to declare that they don’t want Banega at their club due to his reputation of being lazy and a reported poor attitude. But in this case we’re hoping that the obvious talent can shine through if he does make a Premier League switch.
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