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Ever Banega has decided to remain at Sevilla and will turn down the chance to join Arsenal, according to reports in Spain. The Argentina international is reportedly one of Unai Emery’s top targets as the new Arsenal manager looks to strengthen his midfield this summer.
The Gunners are poised to complete the signing of Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira after Uruguay’s World Cup campaign but Emery is keen to recruit another midfielder. And Banega represents a cheaper option due to his €20 million (£17.6m) release clause with Sevilla.
But Marca claim that Sevilla’s hierarchy have spoken to Banega and the midfielder has given a clear indication that he wants to remain in Spain.
Colombia The report claims that Banega is aware of the interest in him, but he is happy living in Seville, while his family are settled in the city. Banega has also admitted that leaving Sevilla for Inter two years ago was a mistake and the midfielder is cautious about another failed move.