Argentina international Ever Banega has reportedly decided to stay put with Sevilla amid Arsenal’s interest in acquiring his services.
Earlier last month, the 29-year-old had been linked with a potential move to the Emirates with manager Unai Emery said to have made a personal call to lure him to the club.
However, the speculation has since not matured into a potential deal, and Marca via Metro now claims that Banega has no plans of leaving the Andalusian club.
It is added that the Argentine has spoken to Sevilla chiefs in regards to his ambition and he is reluctant to pursue a fresh challenge after his failed move to Inter two years ago.
Despite this, Arsenal are in a relatively good position in terms of bolstering the midfield with Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira seemingly close to a switch.
The Uruguayan’s father has already confirmed his son will have a medical with the Gunners shortly after the World Cup and it may be only a matter of time before he links up with the club.
Elsewhere, Banega’s teammate Steven N’Zonzi has been associated with a potential switch after handing in a transfer request but it remains to be seen whether Sevilla will negotiate his asking price.
The Andalusian club have previously suggested that the Frenchman may only leave at his £35m buy-out clause but it will be interesting to see whether the player’s valuation could be reduced to facilitate the transfer.
Arsenal have secured three signings in Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos during this summer’s transfer window.
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