Emery close to signing Banega for Arsenal after Sevilla confirm deal done!

Arsenal have closed in on a summer deal for transfer target Ever Banega, after Sevilla confirmed the signing of Roque Mesa.

With the Gunners seeking to fill the void left by Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere, boss Unai Emery has targeted Argentine playmaker Banega as the man he most wants to sign this summer.

Emery already knows Banega inside and out, after working with the Sevilla midfielder during his time at the Spanish club, where they won a couple of Europa League titles together.

And reports have suggested Sevilla are planning for life after Banega by heading into their transfer kitty and splashing the cash for Mesa.

The Metro website claims Mesa was Sevilla’s Plan B should Arsenal trigger Banega’s release clause of £17.6 million this summer.

Banega is reportedly keen on a move to the Emirates to link-up with his former boss, as at 29-years old he feels a new challenge away from La Liga is needed.

Gunners fans are urging for the deal to be completed after seeing Banega tear apart Nigeria at the World Cup with a world class performance that many of the games best would be proud of.

The Gunners are also expected to complete a deal for Sampdoria star Lucas Torreira in the coming weeks, as the new Emery side looks to take shape.

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