Unai Emery is looking to engineer a reunion with Argentine playmaker Ever Banega at Arsenal, according to the Daily Mirror.
Emery has managed Banega during his time with both Valencia and Sevilla and reportedly wants a third spell in charge of the classy playmaker.
The Mirror report that Banega has a £17m buyout clause in his current Sevilla contract and that Emery wanted to do a deal in January but couldn’t due to lack of funds.
Arsenal’s biggest concern over signing Banega is apparently his age – he will be 31 by the time next season kicks off – but Emery is clearly a big fan having worked with the midfielder at such close quarters in the past.
Given how little time managers get to impose their style on teams these days, it’s understandable that they reach for players they have worked alongside before to accelerate the process.
That’s what Maurizio Sarri did across town with Chelsea when he signed Jorginho from Napoli – the idea was that the Italian international could be a leader in terms of imparting Sarri-ball in the Premier League.
It hasn’t been an unqualified success – but a similar logic is likely driving Emery’s desire to engineer a third spell in charge of Banega.
Arsenal’s current deep midfield options are not quite fit for what Emery is trying to do – and having Banega, who is so in tune with what the Spaniard demands – would hopefully help the rest of the Gunners squad adjust as well.