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Arsenal appear to be locked in a transfer saga involving the French midfielder Steven N’Zonzi as it looks like this deal with drag on until the end of the transfer window.
The latest news indicates that the player is trying to force a move away from Sevilla and move to the Emirates, according to reports in Foot Mercato.
The report claims that the 29-year-old told Sevilla that he wants to leave the club this summer, with Arsenal being his likely destination. It further states that Unai Emery is keen on reuniting with the player.
Earlier, there were reports saying that N’Zonzi’s father was convinced that the Gunners would be making a move for his son while others claimed that the North London club are negotiating terms to sign €40m star. These reports seem to further solidify the idea that a move is really on the cards.
The Gunners have already been very active in the transfer window having signed five players so far and two them happen to be midfielders. So it would appear that they do not really need to go out and get another one to add to their ranks.
Given the fact that N’Zonzi and Arsenal’s new manager Unai Emery have worked together in the past seems to be the biggest reason as to why a deal is one the cards. Perhaps the manager feels comfortable with the player and what he will be able to offer and it seems that he is one of the driving forces behind the deal.
Both the Frenchman and Emery were successful during their time in Spain as they won the Europa League in their season together. The fee that is being quoted by Sevilla seems to be the stumbling block that is preventing the deal from being completed.
Arsenal do not want to pay the release clause of €40m as they are looking to lower the asking price. But if both the player and the club are keen on completing the deal, there is a real possibility that a deal will be completed.
If the Gunners do manage to get N’Zonzi into their team, it will certainly add a lot of quality to a side that is already filled with talented players. There are only a few days remaining in the transfer window so it will be interesting to see what Arsenal end up doing.