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Argentine international linked with Arsenal move

Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega is said to be on the verge of a January move to Arsenal.

That is according to reports in the player’s native Argentina, who report that Banega is set for a reunion with Unai Emery who was his manager when the Spaniard was in charge of the Serie A side.

Separate reports have suggested that the player’s agent is already in London to negotiate the transfer, with Arsenal set to trigger his release clause of €20 million (£18 million).

Banega began his career with Boca Juniors before initially moving to Europe with Valencia where he first came into contact with Emery. He then followed Emery to Sevilla, where he was part of the side that won the Europa League in 2015 and 2016.

Renowned as an intelligent playmaker, Banega is known for his quick feet, dribbling and accurate passing, and can play in a variety of midfield positions.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.