Monday, 2 July 2018

Done Deal: Ever Banega on his way to Arsenal following huge Sevilla decision

Arsenal have been handed a huge boost in the pursuit of sensational World Cup star as Sevilla have signed Swansea City midfielder Roque Mesa, who was reportedly the club’s ‘back-up plan’ if Ever Banega left this summer.
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The two clubs have made the deal official, with the 29-year-old Spaniard rejoining the club where he spent the second half of last season on loan. The fee is reportedly in the region of £8m, and he’s signing a three-year contract with his new club..
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The Independent previously claimed that Mesa was Sevilla’s ‘back-up plan…should [Banega’s] release clause be activated’. Although there’s no suggestion Arsenal have activated the clause just yet, it’s looking increasingly likely they’ll do so.
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As a result, it seems Sevilla are planning ahead, bringing Mesa in early, just in case. Hopefully it’s a sign of how worried they are about losing their star midfielder to Arsenal, despite claims in the media that he’s ‘not for sale’ .
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At the end of the day, they don’t really have the ability to put that label on Banega. He has a €20m release clause, so Arsenal don’t even need to negotiate, given that’s more than a fair price for the 29-year-old.
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All the club need to do is convince Banega that moving to England is in his best interests. With any luck, former Sevilla/Valencia boss Unai Emery is the perfect man to persuade him.

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