There’s a report TuttoMercatoWeb.com today that Newcastle are interested in signing Argentine International Sevilla central midfield star Ever Banega.
Ever is a very good technical player who started his career with Boca Juniors, and came through the Youth Academy at the South American club and made his debut when he was just 18 years old.
After playing 28 games for Boca over two seasons he was quickly spotted for his great ability – he is a superb passer of the ball – and was signed by Valencia in 2008, where he played for five years before signing for Sevilla last August, for an undisclosed fee.
Ever Banega – Sevilla central midfield player
He has played 34 times for Argentina after making his debut back in February 2008 when he started the game in a 5–0 friendly win over Guatemala.
Banega won an Olympic medal in 2008 in Beijing with Argentina, and appeared in two Copa America tournaments, helping the team to the final of this years tournament, when the lost 4-1 on penalties after a 0-0 draw after extra time.
According to the Italian report Sevilla want a fee of €13M (£9.1M) for Banega, who is a very good technical player, and it seems Newcastle are offering him around £40K/week on a four year contract to come to Tyneside.
But the Argentine is an excellent play-maker and could fit in well with newly arrived Georginio Wijnaldum, who could be deployed further upfield.
The Argentine can certainly offer some additional class in Newcastle’s midfield, which Steve McClaren is pushing for at his new club.
He played 185 games at Valencia scoring 11 goals with 30 assists over five seasons, and last season at Sevilla he scored three goals with our assists in 49 total appearances.
In May, Banega started for Sevilla in the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final defeat of FC Dnipro at Poland’s National Stadium, when they won 3-2 and he was named Man of the Match.
That was Sevilla’s fourth Europa League win – a record.
He’s an interesting and exciting target for Newcastle, and maybe he is one of the players head coach Steve McClaren says we are close to signing?
But will he want to give up European football to come to Newcastle, that’s the question.
What do you think?