Arsenal news round-up: Balague issues Banega update, new sporting director, club scouting left-back

Sky Sports pundit claims Arsenal unlikely to sign 30-year-old midfielder

Arsenal coach Unai Emery was reportedly keen on Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega in the summer transfer window and Sky Sports journalist and pundit Guillem Balague has delivered an update.

The Gunners secured the loan landing of Denis Suarez in January market with Unai Emery reportedly interested in adding creative midfielders to his team.

One star that was heavily connected with a move to the Emirates Stadium was Ever Banega. The 30-year-old Banega has played for Sevilla nearly 200 times either side of a spell at Inter Milan, and played under Unai in Spain.

Spanish football expert has now issued an update on the reported deal, but has claimed that it is extremely unlikely to be completed.

Guillem told The Sport Review: “Those are reports that keep coming into the media every now and again. I think the last time was about a month ago.”

“They are stories which originated in Sevilla around three months ago. It’s very old news and I’m pretty sure that Arsenal are not looking for that kind of player.”


Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League standings, with supporters becoming frustrated with a number of poor results.

The inclusion of German playmaker Mesut Ozil in the starting eleven against BATE in the UEFA Europa League gave them some hope for the next few weeks.

Before that match, the Gunners hero Paul Merson implored Unai to use Ozil as the club’s chief attacking midfielder.

“He’s their best player, he doesn’t play – it beats me,” Paul said, while speaking on Sky Sports News.

Arsenal to appoint new sporting director as Gunners keen to increase Spanish contingent

Marca have a huge claim about Serie A side Roma sporting director Monchi potentially moving to Unai Emery’s Arsenal this summer.

Roma chief has been continually connected with the EPL side. There have been reports in his native Spain about the Gunners wanting to firm up the cub’s Spanish leadership base, and Spaniard would be a huge part of that.

Over in Italy, it’s been made clear that a departure from Roma has been seen as possible, with Spaniard’s time at the Serie A giants not going as well for him or Giallorossi as had been desired.

Marca say the sporting director will leave Roma in the summer, June. It will be the end of his of his current contract, so there would be no compensation fee to pay for the Gunners.

The idea of Arsenal, should they end up hiring the sporting director, would be to partner him with Unai Emery, as the duo had already been together at La Liga outfit Sevilla.

He built up a very strong status whilst at the Spanish side which saw him connected to several European top sides including Barcelona.

There are no claims of talks or details of a possible contract, with the Spanish newspaper making it clear the north Londoners are keen because they want to give Unai the same environment the coach had at Sevilla.

Monchi has given Roma fans several world-class talents, such as Lorenzo Pellegrini, Nicolo Zaniolo, Cengiz Under, Justin Kluivert. Also provided experience with the signing of Steven N’Zonzi and Javier Pastore.

Arsenal delegations watched £25m-rated former Barcelona ace in action

The Premier League giants Arsenal had scouts at Estadio da Luz the previous week, the Portuguese press reports.

According to a Portuguese sports newspaper Record, Arsenal had officials closely watching Benfica’s Europa League clash versus Turkish top flight Super Lig title chasers Galatasaray, which ended with a goalless draw.

The Gunners’ target isn’t revealed by the outlet, and as the London club are one of the sides who often have delegations watching games in Portugal, it’s sometimes difficult to guess who their target is this time.

But the latest reports make it clear that one Aguias player of interest to Arsenal is Alex Grimaldo. Not only in stories emerging from the Portuguese press, but by the Spanish press as well.

Grimaldo, who’s been in brilliant form for a couple of campaigns now, had another good match against Galatasaray, being picked as Man of the Match by the newspaper.

Alex’s shown some versatility for doing well in defence and creating a number of chances as well. The full-back is protected by a €60 million buy-out clause, and with several sides interested, the club will be seeing Euro signs.

Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen, Inter Milan, Everton, Atletico Madrid, ACM Milan, Real Valladolid, Manchester City and Sevilla were the other sides who had delegations at this game.

Spanish defender signed for Benfica in January transfer window of 2015 for a reported €1.5 million fee. Barcelona will also receive a percentage of any future transfer sum should the star be sold by Liga NOS heavyweights.