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Arsenal could be set to make a bid for want-away midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, according to Spanish newspaper AS, as cited by Sport Witness.
The former Blackburn man’s agent Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan confirmed that he wanted to leave Sevilla last summer, but decided to stay for the 2017/18 season despite a clear conflict of interests.
Reports claim that Sevilla’s next game against Alaves will be the last time the box to box midfielder features for the La Liga side, with N’Zonzi appearing to angle for a move away from Spain this summer.
A Premier League return seems to be a genuine possibility as both Chelsea and Arsenal are in the running for the 29-year-old, but the London clubs still “wait for a possible negotiation” over any transfer.
Sevilla are evidently happy to sell N’Zonzi this window as they have grown frustrated with his attitude and discipline over the course of the campaign.
However, N’Zonzi has a release clause of €40 million, which both interested parties are seemingly unwilling to pay at this stage, given the player’s patchy form throughout the season.
There is talk that Sevilla are willing to lower the fee in order to offload Frenchman this summer, which will be of interest to Arsenal.