Sven Mislintat would be mad to sanction Arsenal move for Ever Banega

According to Italian media outlet GazzaMercato, new Arsenal manager Unai Emery is keen to be reunited with Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega this summer, but head of recruitment Sven Mislintat would be mad to sanction a move for the Argentina international, rated at £10.8m by Transfermarkt.

What’s the word, then?

Well, GazzaMercato reports that Banega’s agent Marcelo Simonian is going to travel to London this week to discuss a possible move for his client to the north London club, with Emery keen to link up with the 29-year-old again having signed him for Sevilla back in 2014.

The need for a new central midfielder has certainly increased following Jack Wilshere’s announcement on Tuesday night that he will be leaving the Emirates Stadium when his contract expires at the end of the month, but the imminent arrival of Sampdoria ace Lucas Torreira should fill the void.

How did Banega do last season?

Following one year with Inter Milan, the 29-year-old returned to Sevilla last summer and was once again a key man for them, making 50 appearances in all competitions and scoring five goals and providing a further six assists from central and central attacking midfield positions.

As well as playing at the top level in La Liga, the Argentine also has plenty of playing in European competition too, as shown by his nine Champions League outings for the Spanish outfit last term.

Why would Mislintat be mad to sign him?

Well, firstly Banega is a bit of a maverick and he made headlines for all of the wrong reasons back in 2012 when he injured his foot after being run over by his own car, while he has also been known as a bit of a party animal in the past.

However, the main reason that the Gunners, whose fans don’t want the club to sign another £47m World Cup star following his nation’s first group game, should avoid signing him is because they don’t really need anyone else in the centre of the park, especially if they do sign Torreira.

With the Uruguay international, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Ainsley Maitland-Niles already among the names available in that area, it is hard to see how there is room for a player that turns 30 years of age at the end of the month, and Mislintat should concentrate on positions that are in greater need of strengthening instead.