Ever Banega has snubbed the chance to reunite with his former Sevilla manager Unai Emery at Arsenal and elected to stay in Spain, according to Marca via Metro.
The report says that the Argentine international was a tempting option for Emery because they had worked together before and he has a £17.6m release clause, making him a cheaper option in a window when the Gunners do not have tonnes of money to spend.
It claims that Arsenal will be disappointed in pursuit of the playmaker because he has told Sevilla’s hierarchy that he wants to remain in Spain, where his family is settled.
The major factor in that decision is reported as being Banega’s failed move to Inter two years ago, which has seemingly made him worry about the prospects of success, should he move again.
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Banega’s snub may prove to be a blessing in disguise for Emery; the Argentine is slightly too old to adapt to the pace of the Premier League now and Barcelona outcast Andre Gomes is the ideal alternative.
Reports have emerged in recent days of Emery’s interest in the £30m star, who has lost his way at the Nou Camp and struggled to get past their star-studded cast of midfielders but remains a class act.
Still just 24, he has plenty of time to improve and would add the ability to create higher up the pitch than Banega can. Emery must forget Banega and focus on securing the signing of Gomes now.