Unai Emery is ready to shake-up Arsenal’s transfer policy with another move for a thirty-something.
Arsenal boss Emery is targeting Sevilla’s Argentina midfielder Ever Banega, 30, as a ready-made replacement for Aaron Ramsey who is set to leave on a free transfer.
A deal would have been unthinkable under former boss Arsene Wenger but Emery wants a high energy midfielder to be central to his tactics and formation.
The fact that he is over 30 does not matter as he wants ready made players and it comes after Arsenal have already signed ageing players like Greek defender Sokratis, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Ramsey will be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season (Image: EMPICS Sport)
Banega was one of Emery's most trusted players at Sevilla (Image: SIPA USA)
Arsenal are now less concerned about buying players with a sell-on value because of the changing face of the transfer market and they are ready to meet the financial package as an outlay on transfer fee and length of the contract.
Former Sevilla boss Emery is a big admirer of Banega, who he brought to the club from La Liga rivals Valencia in 2014.
He believes he could do the job for the Gunners and add experience to the squad.