Breaking: Steven Nzonzi hands transfer request to Sevilla

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ARSENAL transfer target Steven N’Zonzi has told Sevilla he wants to leave, after holding talks with the Gunners this summer.

The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks, as Unai Emery seeks a reunion with the player he coached at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

N’Zonzi is currently on holiday after winning the World Cup with France this month.

But according to Foot Mercato, the midfielder is hoping to avoid a return to Spain ahead of the new La Liga season.

The publication claims N’Zonzi has already told Sevilla he wants to leave after three successful years at the club.

Arsenal have been the clear front-runners to sign the former Stoke star this summer, despite whispers of interest from Roma.

Sporting director Monchi is a firm admirer of N’Zonzi and is desperate to bring him to Serie A.

However, Foot Mercato claim the Gunners have already held talks with the player’s representatives.

N’Zonzi’s release clause is set at €40m (£35m), which is likely to tempt European suitors to make a move in the coming weeks.

The midfielder would be the sixth new arrival at the Emirates under new boss Emery, who has already brought in Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.

Arsenal are hoping to offload a host of players before next month’s transfer deadline, with seven first-team stars reportedly up for sale.

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