Experienced Argentine journalist Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega is close to joining North London giants Arsenal.
Martinez made the revelation via his official Twitter handle monitored by the Daily Express.
Argentine international midfielder Ever Banega has been a transfer target for the Gunners since Unai Emery since the Spaniard was appointed as the Arsenal manager in the summer.
Unai Emery and Ever Banega worked together at Sevilla as part of the treble-winning squad in the Europa League.
Former Almeria and Valencia boss Unai Emery knows how to bring out the best in Ever Banega as a player.
Various media reports say that the Gunners have already expressed readiness to activate the £18m release clause in the player’s contract at Sevilla.
It remains to be seen whether Unai Emery can convince Ever Banega to swap Spain where his family is settled for the unknown in England.
Sevilla have already started to look for a replacement for Ever Banega which would be music to Arsenal fans.
AS Roma midfielder and compatriot Javier Pastore has been identified as the player that can take the place of Ever Banega at the Spanish La Liga outfit.
Apart from midfield, Arsenal and Unai Emery want to strengthen the squad in both the centre back and wide forward positions.