Arsenal manager wants the club to sign Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega in the January transfer window to strengthen the Gunners’ midfield, according to the Sun.
The Argentinian international has worked with the London club’s manager twice before, at both Valencia and Sevilla, and could be available relatively cheaply.
Sources in Spain have told the Sun that Banega’s buyout clause is £18m and that Emery would like Arsenal’s new Head of Football Operations Raul Sanllehi to sanction the move.
The Gunners were reportedly keen on signing the 30-year-old during the summer but a move was stopped in its tracks after the midfielder agreed a new contract to stay with Sevilla.
Banega remains a key first team player under new coach Pablo Machin, having made ten appearances in all competitions this season, scoring one goal.
He also featured for Argentina at this summer’s World Cup, making three appearances, including the 4-3 defeat to France in the last 16, where he played the full 90 minutes.