Squad no.4 assigned: Arsenal target seals move

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AS Roma are reportedly closing in on landing Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, who was also linked with a move to Arsenal this summer

According to a report by Daily Mirror, Steven N’Zonzi has agreed personal terms with AS Roma, who are inching closer to sealing a late move for the Sevilla midfielder. Arsenal were also interested in signing the 2018 World Cup winner, but have run out of time to secure his services.

N’Zonzi has taken his career to the next level since joining Sevilla from Stoke City in the summer of 2015. But, after three productive campaigns with the Andalusian club, the player is reportedly eager for a new challenge, with his success with France at the 2018 FIFA World Cup perhaps solidifying that stance.

That he was not even part of the matchday squad in the Spanish Super Cup has only strengthened the belief that N’Zonzi is set to depart from Sevilla, sooner rather than later. For much of the summer, the Frenchman was linked with Arsenal, who hold a long-standing interest in him. But, a few factors led to the Gunners being unable to land him.

Firstly, Unai Emery had already bolstered his holding midfield options by signing Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi. Secondly, Arsenal had reportedly exhausted their budget for the summer, which restricted them in pursuit of other targets. Finally, with the transfer window now closed, the North Londoners stand no chance of signing N’Zonzi.

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