Arsenal are considering a move for Ever Banega with Unai Emery eager to be reunited with the Sevilla star.
The Gunners are looking to stengthen in midfield with the impending arrival of Lucas Torreira.
But with Jack Wilshere set to depart, Emery will demand another signing in that department and Corriere del Calcio claim the Gunners want the Argentinian.
Sevilla only want to recoup around €12m (£10m) for the 29-year-old, with his versatility bound to appeal to Emery.
Capable at being deployed as a No.5 or even a No.10, Banega’s slick passing would compliment Emery’s preferred style of play.
Torreira arrival ‘confirmed’
Arsenal third summer signing has been all but confirmed – live on Italian TV.
The Gunners moved another step closer to signing Uruguay ace Lucas Torreira after the president of his club let slip his departure was already done and dusted.
During an interview on live Italian TV Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero delved into the details of how the Serie A club plays the transfer market by developing players for sale.
Speaking live on Sportitalia, the 66-year-old supremo revealed that all that was left to do was to make the sale of the midfielder official, report Football.London.
Ahead of his arrival, Arsenal has announced two deals. Stephan Lichtsteiner has joined the Gunners from Juventus while Bernd Leno has been signed as another in goal from Bayer Leverkusen.
"Sampdoria do not sell unless there are excellent offers," said Ferrero. "We do not look for buyers. We have natural talents whose values increase exponentially.
"Generally, we do not make changed. Sampdoria is a stepping stone. It’s a family-run club and that allows players to grow up. It’s normal they have aspirations to play for big clubs, but I do not need to sell out."
Meet Emery’s backroom staff
Unai Emery’s backroom reshuffle at Arsenal is finally complete.
Since taking over from Arsene Wenger in the summer, the Spaniard has parted company with first-team coaches Neil Banfield, Tony Colbert, Jens Lehmann, Gerry Peyton and Boro Primorac and head of medical services Colin Lewin.
He has however brought in a number of people he has previously worked with and who he hopes can turn Arsenal back into the team their were a couple of years ago.
We have taken a look at Emery’s backroom staff ahead of the new season, so all you Gunners supporters can familiarise yourself with the boys behind the scene.
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