Sevilla are expecting Ever Banega’s future to be the drama of next summer as Juventus maintain their interest in the midfielder.
Los Rojiblancos are said by Marca to be pessimistic over their chances of agreeing a new deal with the Argentine as the love affair between the player and the club threatens to turn sour.
Negotiations aren’t moving forward and reports in Italy have spoken of Juve’s interest in Banega, though the Old Lady aren’t expected to make a winter approach, contrary to some suggestions in the Press.
Banega moved to Sevilla from Valencia in 2014 and Marca notes it was considered Banega’s last chance to succeed in Europe after an unhappy time at Mestalla.
The 27-year-old had two spells away from Valencia, first at Atletico Madrid and then Newell’s Old Boys in his homeland, with Sevilla paying a cut-price of €2.5m to take him to Nervion.
Banega has thrived under Unai Emery and was man of the match in the Europa League win earlier in 2015, and after meeting targets for games played inserted into his contract, is tied to Sevilla until 2017.
His release clause is said by Marca to be €60m and Sevilla want to improve Banega’s wages to reflect his status at the club and make him one of the highest-paid players.
But Juve are willing to pay Banega €2.5m a year even though their sporting director, Beppe Marotta, has claimed the club aren’t interested and view Sevilla as a friend.
There is concern that Banega will leave at the end of the season, forcing Sevilla to once again replace a key member of the squad, having this summer had to account for departures such as that of Carlos Bacca to Milan.
Sevilla haven’t though given up on keeping Banega and renewing his terms even though it appears Banega is moving further away from Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.