Keeping Up with Manchester City Transfer Target Ever Banega

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Keeping Up with Manchester City Transfer Target Ever Banega
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Banega's command of the ball is not unlike David Silva's.

"Never miss a play, though you make quite a few/You give it all awayeverybody wants you."

Valencia midfielder Ever Banega is just the latest living embodiment of Billy Squier's greatest song. Because, indeed, many of the biggest clubs in the Barclays Premier League are ready to fight over the Valencia midfielder.

As far as the heightened attention goes, Banega has only himself to blame on two levels.

Banega has somehow drawn the disfavor of Valencia boss Miroslav Dukic, according to Ben Jefferson of the Express.

As a result, Banega is letting it slip through his representatives that he would consider a move that guaranteed him first-team football come January.

Banega's agent, Marcelo Simonian, had this to say about his client's interest in a change of scenery: “I can only tell you that we are already talking with several clubs in relation to the next window."

That's not exactly "Ever is a Valencia man. Next question."

Banega is still a key player for Valencia, having started all 12 of the Spanish side's league matches this season. But his one goal and three assists in those appearances is underwhelming.

Still, Banega is the sort of shifty, silky talent in the midfield that David Silva was when he came to the Etihad from Valencia in 2010. And you know how that turned out.

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City may be in trouble if they continue to miss Silva for a month at a time.

Given Silva's recent injury woes, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini could do much worse than bringing Banega in to provide some of the midfield artistry that City lacked so badly in their road losses at Sunderland and at Stoke City (among others).

But Pellegrini will have to fight for him.

Jefferson's piece in the Express listed Manchester United, Arsenal and Southampton as suitors for Banega's services. Banega has previously been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, and it is not like that particular London club cannot use help in the midfield.

As Manchester City continue to rack up games lost by injuries to key players, though, adding a youthful talent like Banega in the January transfer window becomes less a wish and more a necessity.

If City are going to go without Silva for a month and without Vincent Kompany for two, January reinforcements must be considered.

And having a capable replacement for Silva just makes sense for City, a club that can afford Banega but cannot afford too many more impotent performances in the midfield with the Premier League title race ebbing away and Champions League knockout play looming.

If it is not Banega, then, it had better be someone like him for City in January.

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