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Blues one of three teams after Banega

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Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland are reportedly vying for Valencia's midfielder, Ever Banega.

The 25 year-old was tipped for a massive future when he emerged as one of Argentina's most exciting young players but has failed thus far to fully realise his potential.

He is expected to leave Valencia this summer and the Blues are said to be looking at him.

Banega looked bound for Goodison five years ago when David Moyes appeared close to wrapping up a loan move for the midfielder but it fell through.

Sunderland would seem to be favourites this time around if there is any truth to these latest reports and it's not clear if Roberto Martinez has any interest in Banega against whom the Blues played in Miami last summer.

Original Source: South Shields Gazette  

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Ian Glassey
935 Posted 31/05/2014 at 17:41:20
Too much baggage; no thanks.
Sam Hoare
940 Posted 31/05/2014 at 18:05:55
Dunno what the fees/wages would be but a classy player when on form. Be happy to see him come.
Kris Boner
941 Posted 31/05/2014 at 18:06:32
Alcoholic, loves his hookers, but a magical passer of the ball and also loves to kick people.

Scholes like, but not as level-headed.

Colin Glassar
943 Posted 31/05/2014 at 19:01:05
I read somewhere that he went back to Argentina and has gone fat. I don't know if it's true though.
Nicholas Ryan
950 Posted 31/05/2014 at 19:25:42
Alcohol... Hookers... Kicks people... Fat... He'd have been a 'shoe-in' for that England team of Joe Mercer's about 30 years ago!
Colin Glassar
955 Posted 31/05/2014 at 19:44:27
Joe Mercer's England team was one of the best English teams I've ever seen Nicholas.
Andrew Clare
959 Posted 31/05/2014 at 19:55:02
Paul Scholes! I think Banega is a different class of footballer but unfortunately flawed. I would still take him.
David Hallwood
969 Posted 31/05/2014 at 20:43:53
Alcohol... Hookers... Kicks people... Fat..... Argentina's answer to Royston Drenthe.Banega's bonkers not to be touched with a bargepole
James Stewart
983 Posted 31/05/2014 at 22:44:23
Hell, yes! Please let this be true. He is an absolute class act on the pitch. I think people's suggestions about his character are a bit far-fetched.

He is exactly the kind of player we need. Deep lying playmaker who is Champions League quality.

Kris Boner
996 Posted 01/06/2014 at 00:20:34
Brother-in-law is a Spaniard from Valencia. His family are still there and the 'rumours' about booze and hookers are too on-the-nose to be false, from what I have heard, James.

Loan view-to-buy Arteta style would be the perfect way to get him in the team, test the off-the-pitch problems and then pick him up for not too much in the end. The Valencia fans love him though, he apparently makes their midfield tick, so I feel like he would be a good addition.

Colin Gee
003 Posted 01/06/2014 at 01:32:09
Is that Work Permit we got for him a few years back still valid?
Ajay Gopal
006 Posted 01/06/2014 at 06:09:27
Do we want AvdM-2? I don't think so. Having said that, Martinez has always said that he would want to get the right 'characters' in the dressing room. I am sure he will do his homework well before deciding on Banega (if he really is on his radar). IRWT....and all that.
Tony Draper
012 Posted 01/06/2014 at 08:55:02
Yep, Ajay you said it mate.
Andrew Hawes
023 Posted 01/06/2014 at 11:37:45
I've said this before about this "right type of character" attitude...

It's all very well having a team full of nice lads that are top professionals but can then go missing in the really big games (Anfield this season, or in fact anytime we play the redshite!!)

Gazza, Cantona, Di Canio and even Suarez to an extent — all of them clean bonkers but, managed the right way, can turn an honest decent team into a very, very good team!

I remember Neville's tackle on Ronaldo a few years back that set a tone for the next dozen games and Cahill chasing lost balls just to show the rest of the side the need for work ethic. Very few sides have won anything with 11 saints playing!!

Trevor Lynes
038 Posted 01/06/2014 at 13:00:37
If Martinez wants him then I believe he knows how to control him.
If the lad values his career then he might settle down.

A loan for a season with a view to purchase sounds an ideal situation.

But as soon as I see other clubs being interested I am sure that BK will pull out judging on past experience.

James Stewart
044 Posted 01/06/2014 at 14:00:31
I don't think RM would sign an AVDM so we are pretty safe there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbnBWhM1aOc

He doesn't look fat here and this was this season. In fact he still looks a damn class act.

Stuart Gray
139 Posted 01/06/2014 at 20:27:11
I don't think this story is true. Newcastle, West Ham, Stoke and Hull would be mentioned if it was.
Ian Glassey
296 Posted 02/06/2014 at 20:55:55
Just read a rumour on an other site he is signing for Sunderland, that wont last long..

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