AC Milan would be moving in the right direction if they beat the likes of Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the race to sign Valencia and Argentina midfielder Ever Banega.
Banega, who missed out on a place in Alejandro Sabella’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, slipped down the pecking order at the Spanish club last term and ended the season on loan in Switzerland with Newell’s Old Boys.
The Swiss club are said to have baulked at his huge wage demands, and is said to harbour hopes of moving to one of the European elite in order to reignite his faltering career.
Milan should make their move, with the club now facing a mammoth first season under Filippo Inzaghi as they look to secure Champions League football next term.
That they failed to qualify even for the Europa League last season ultimately cost Clarence Seedorf his job after just five months at the helm, and Inzaghi will know he must provide an immediate usurp in fortunes or else his head will roll in similar fashion.
Riccardo Montolivo sustained a broken leg before the World Cup whilst on duty with Italy, and his injury is said to be forcing Inzaghi’s hand to delve into the transfer market.
Banega would add drive, experience and creativity to a Milan side in major need of an overhaul.
Not since the days where Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso and Seedorf himself would run the midfield have they had a squad enviable to the whole of Europe, and Inzaghi is the man charged with the responsibility to recruiting the right players to return them to the former heights of old.
They have already swooped for Paris St Germain duo Alex and Jeremy Menez, with the latter signing on a free transfer and three-year contract at the San Siro.
Banega still has plenty in his offer in spite of his short stint away from the competitiveness of La Liga, and Serie A would represent a new chapter in his career.
His failure to secure a place at the World Cup will have irked him, and if he were to improve and Argentina were to miss out on glory it could be the perfect way of reintegrating himself back into the national side.
The Premier League contingent pose a threat to their chances of adding Banega to their ranks, but the lure of playing for such a prestigious club and playing a role in the Italian side’s rejuvenation should prove enough to fend off the competition.
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