- Club: Valencia
- Position: Centre midfielder
- Age: 23
- Nationality: Argentinean
Éver Banega should be signed ahead of Luka Modrić and Wesley Sneijder.
It must be an English thing to inflate transfer fees to an extent, where it’s so disproportionate to the player’s ability. Modrić has had a very good season, but is he worth £35-45 million? No.
My reason against Manchester United signing Sneijder isn’t based on ability, it’s based on health.
When you collapse in the change room during the half time break because of anemia, you’re too much of a health risk.
So with this in mind, what about Banega?
One of the best passers in world football, at times, it’s almost as if he can see the pitch from how viewers see it on TV.
Banega will be a perfect addition in a Manchester United midfield devoid of creativity.
That being said, he’s had a turbulent season at Valencia, where he was seen smoking and his partying lifestyle was well documented—so it came as no surprise that this season, his performances were lacking to say the least.
Oh and he still doesn’t see eye to eye with manager Unai Emery.
Valencia are in dire financial straits, Banega is a burden for Emery to deal with, and Valencia should be willing to sell Banega at a loss—they bought him for €18 million in 2008 from Boca Juniors.
According to Francisco Acedo at Sky Sports, Valencia are willing to sell Banega for €9 million.
What Banega adds to Manchester United: Paul Scholes-esq passing, and some bite in the midfield like Scholes (though that could also be a bad attribute).
What are the risks in signing Banega: What happens if he doesn’t like the English lifestyle? What happens if he disagrees with manager Sir Alex Ferguson? What happens if he decides to sulk? Attitude problems and this conceited view that he’s always right is a major problem.