Now that it has finally been made clear that Aaron Ramsey will not be signing a new Arsenal coontract, the search is on for his replacement, and the first two names put into the hat are Ever Banega and Miguel Almirons.
According to the Metro, Banega is Emery’s first choice. They reported…..
Wales international Ramsey, whose contract expires in the summer, had been engaged in productive talks with the Gunners over a renewal, but a deal was unexpectedly taken off the table last week. He is now set to leave the Emirates after a decade at the club, and the Daily Mail report that Arsenal are already putting plans in place to sign Banega as his replacement.
The Argentine playmaker worked under Emery at both Valencia and Sevilla and the Arsenal boss is confident he can play a key role for the Gunners, even at 30 years of age. Emery was keen to sign his former charge over the summer, and he will be available for just £18million due to a buy-out clause in his contract.
But the deal that seems much more likely to me is the report that Almirons could be coming to the Emirates…..
Atlanta United’s Miguel Almirón is expected to sign for Arsenal during the January transfer window.
According to reports, manager Darren Eagles has confirmed to FOX Deportes USA that the player is Premier League bound. He reportedly said: “Almirón’s future is already decided and will go to England in the European winter market.
Almirón, who can play on either flank or through the middle, has been one of the star performers in the MLS recently and has attracted plenty of European interest in the past.
The 24-year-old is now expected to complete a move to the Premier League in the new year.
A deal will reportedly cost Arsenal around £11.5 million as Unai Emery’s side begins to take shape.
So, considering that Banega is 30 and Almiron is only 24, don’t you think that Arsenal are much more likely to go for the younger (and cheaper!) replacement for Ramsey?