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ARSENAL have been told they must stump up Steven N’Zonzi’s £35m release clause if they want to sign him.
Arsenal have enjoyed a successful summer so far, pulling off a host of deals to kickstart Unai Emery’s Emirates tenure.
Emery are keen to sign one more new player before the transfer window closes and Sevilla midfielder N’Zonzi is on their radar.
Emery and N’Zonzi had a good relationship together in Spain and the new Gunners chief is keen to reunite with him in north London.
Sevilla’s director of football Joaquin Caparros has told Arsenal that the ex-Blackburn and Stoke ace won’t come cheap.
Caparros told Cadena Ser: “Steven has two years remaining on his contract.
“We have texted each other during the World Cup and I have congratulated him on his achievements with France, of course.
“We have not received any offers for him.
“I will say the same to any clubs who may be interested as what we said with [Barcelona signing Clement] Lenglet – he has a buyout clause, and it’s £35m.”
Arsenal have held initial talks with Sevilla over a deal for N’Zonzi.
But the Gunners will likely need to sell and drum up funds before they’d be able to make a bid in the region of £35m.
The likes of Danny Welbeck, Joel Campbell, David Ospina, Nacho Monreal and Lucas Perez could be sold later this summer.