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Steven N’Zonzi is waiting for permission from his father before he can complete a move to Arsenal.
The France international, who helped his country win the World Cup earlier this month, is greatly admired by Unai Emery.
The two worked together at Sevilla and Emery wants a reunion with his former player, who looks set to leave the LaLiga club this summer.
But Arsenal are not willing to pay the midfielder’s full £36 million release clause and are hoping to negotiate a cheaper deal.
However, according to Spanish newspaper Estadio Deportivo, any departure is now reliant on a clause in his contract which involves his dad.
It has been suggested that N’Zonzi’s father holds a unique personal sell-on clause which would entitle him to a cash windfall if Sevilla sell his son.