Primera Division outfit Espanyol have made an official offer to sign Inter’s Argentinian playmaker Ever Banega who prefers a return to Sevilla, SempreInter.com can reveal.
Espanyol have made an offer of €2 million to loan the player until the end of June 2018 at which point a clause will be automatically activated forcing the La Liga outfit to make the transfer permanent by paying a further €10 million. The Barcelona side have also offered to pay Banega’s wages of €3 million net per season in full meaning that Inter will neither need to contribute to his wages nor will the player need to take a wage cut.
Despite Espanyol’s offer being financially appealing to both Inter and Banega, the Nerazzurri have, however, decided to stall their response preferring to wait in offers from clubs who can pay cash up-front. This is due to the fact that Inter must balance their books for the 2016/2017 fiscal year in order to comply with the terms negotiated with UEFA in order to comply with the Financial Fair Play regulations.
This has prompted Sevilla to join the race to bring Banega back only 12 months after he left the club on a free transfer. Banega’s agent Marco Simonian was in Milano last night where he tried to persuade Inter to lower their €12 million price tag. Furthermore, SempreInter.com can reveal that Banega himself favors a move back to Sevilla over a transfer to Espanyol but Sevilla have no intention of paying the player’s current salary, deeming it to be to steep.
However, SempreInter.com can reveal that the Andalusian side are not prioritizing Banega for the time being as they are keen to wrap up the sales of Steven N’Zonzi to Juventus and French defender Adil Rami to Olympique Marseille before focusing on signing Manchester City wantaway winger Nolito. Sevilla, have therefore, made it clear to Banega that he is welcome to return but will need to take a wage cut in order to be allowed back, as his agent tries to persuade Inter to lower their asking price in order to unblock the situation.
Ever Banega’s current deal with Inter expires at the end of June 2019.