Arsenal Friday!Sanllehi keen to sign Banega, Herrera wants January move and legend reacts to Ramsey decision
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Raul Sanllehi wants to make Sevilla’s Ever Banega his first Arsenal signing in January, as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey.
With Gunners boss Unai Emery trying to put his own spin on the team and freshen up the squad, he has already acquired the services of Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Stephen Lichsteiner, Matero Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira during transfer window.
But with constant rumours midfielder Aaron Ramsey will depart the club at the end of the season, as he simply cannot agree a new contract at the club, new head of football Raul Sanllehi wants to make Sevilla’s Ever Banega his first signing according to the Sun website.
Banega has been constantly linked with a move to the Emirates as Emery is keen to be reunited with a player that brought so much success to his Sevilla days.
The 29-year-old’s pedigree is well-established having played for Boca Juniors, Valencia and Sevilla and his high-energy style could work well for Emery at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal will need some drive in midfield if Ramsey decides to depart, and Banega could bring that.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have made contact with Mexico star Hector Herrera about a possible move to the Emirates, as the player wants to leave Porto.
Despite the fact Unai Emery splashed out £70 million in the summer transfer window to acquire a number of new players, the Spaniard is still looking to improve his squad in the coming winter window, as he looks to push on from the solid start his Arsenal side have made to the Premier League season.
The signings of Bernd Leno, Sokratis and Stephen Lichsteiner have all improved the back-line while the acquisition on Lucas Torreira will give protection just ahead, a position which has become a real issue for the Gunners over the last few seasons.
And now the TalkSport website has claimed that they have switched their attentions to 28-year old Herrera, who has been the mainstay of Porto’s midfield for the past five seasons and helped them to Primeira Liga glory last term.
It is stated that Porto have already rejected several offers made for Herrera, but the player is aware of the interest in him and wants to leave. Porto have attempted to tie him down to a new contract, but Herrera is said to have rejected an extension on three separate occasions.
And he also caught the eye during Mexico’s stay at the World Cup in Russia, helping his National side to the knockout stages with some standout performances.
And finally, Arsenal legend Ian Wright has hit out at the Gunners for their decision to stop talks with Chelsea and Manchester United target Aaron Ramsey.
After months of speculation and rumours, Arsenal have finally decided to stop all contract talks with Ramsey as they simply cannot agree a new contract with the Welshman wanting around £350,000-a-week.
That has led to speculation that Chelsea and United would be prepared to offer him a big wage to stay in the Premier League, with both clubs looking for a January bargain.
Asked about Ramsey’s likely departure from the Emirates, Arsenal hero Wright told Sky Sports: ‘That Ozil situation has had a massive effect on what’s going on right now because Aaron Ramsey is captain material.
‘It should have been done ages ago. Ivan Gazidis has got a lot to answer for for this to happen because Ramsey should be a focal point in the team.
‘He’s somebody who is the heartbeat of the team and when it’s going poorly or badly, he still shows for the ball and tries to play how he wants to play, tries to get in the box and does things.
‘He’s somebody that I’d like to see stay because I think he is that player who is never afraid. He scores goals.
‘I like him simply because when he gets in there he will finish and he’s somebody that, given a run of games, he will do something because he’s not afraid.
‘He doesn’t hide. He’s somebody that if they can get it going, I’m desperate for him to stay but I do understand that Arsenal cannot continue to let players dictate like they are now.
‘If it’s going to happen, take the contract off the table, take your chances with it.’