Arsenal handed massive blow in their pursuit for £17.6m-rated playmaker

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Ever Banega has decided to stay at Sevilla and will reject the chance to join Arsenal, according to reports from Spain. The Argentina international is reportedly one of newly appointed Unai Emery’s top targets as he looks to bolster his midfield this summer. The north London club are poised to complete the signing of Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira after Uruguay’s World Cup campaign, but Emery wants to recruit another midfielder.

And Banega is a cheaper option due to his €20 million (£17.6m) release clause with La Liga giants. But Marca claims that Sevilla’s board have spoken to the key man, and the central midfielder gave a clear indication that he wants to remain in Spain.

The report adds that Ever Banega is aware of the interest in him, but he is happy living in Seville, while his family are settled in the city. The South American midfielder has also admitted that leaving Sevilla for Inter two years ago was a mistake and the midfielder is cautious about another failed move.

The Gunners are also keen on signing Argentine’s teammate Steven N’Zonzi, who has a £35 million release clause and has handed in a transfer request to move to Emirates this summer transfer window.