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Argentine Ever Banega has decided to remain at Sevilla and will turn down the chance to join Arsenal, according to reports in Spain.
The Argentina international is reportedly one of Unai Emery’s top targets as the new Arsenal manager looks to strengthen his midfield this summer.
The North Londoners are poised to complete the signing of Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira after Uruguay’s World Cup campaign but Emery is keen to recruit another midfielder.
And Banega represents a cheaper option due to his €20 million (£17.6m) release clause with Sevilla.
Reports from Spainish outlet, Marca claim that Sevilla’s hierarchy have spoken to Banega and the midfielder has given a clear indication that he wants to remain in Spain.
The report claims that Banega is aware of the interest in him, but he is happy living in Seville, while his family are settled in the city.
Banega has also admitted that leaving Sevilla for Inter two years ago was a mistake and the midfielder is cautious about another failed move.
Emery has a long history of working with Banega as the midfielder played under him at Valencia.
Emery then brought Banega to Sevilla and the Argentine played a key role in the club’s consecutive Europa League victories in 2015 and 2016.
Arsenal are also interested in signing Banega’s Sevilla teammate Steven N’Zonzi and the French midfielder, who has a £35m release clause, has handed in a transfer request.