Over the last few days Arsenal have been linked strongly with a January move for Ever Banega.
The 30 year is a player that Unai Emery knows well from his time at Sevilla, and with reinforcements required when the transfer window opens, his name is mentioned as a possible recruit.
He was linked during the summer too, but no deal ever materialised, and at this point he seems like a strange target for the Gunners. He’s another player the wrong side of 30 who would have little or no resale value, and with the club set to lose Aaron Ramsey for free in the summer, a transfer fee plus substantial wages for the Argentine international doesn’t make a lot of sense.
However, January sales might well see money come in, as well as creating space in the squad for the midfielder.
Reports from Argentina say that Raul Sanllehi is working on a deal, while some suggest the player’s agent has been in London for talks.
It’s a difficult one to get on top of, but for now we’d remain pretty skeptical about this potential deal – not least because of our more pressing need for a defender and someone to play in the final third.
A runny 7 on the Poo-O-Meter.