N’Zonzi Eyeing Up Sevilla Exit
Arsenal are monitoring the prospects of a move for Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi. That follows news that the La Liga side may soon sign his signature.
The France international stated earlier this month that he is open to a move to London. That followed reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
“When Tottenham or Arsenal come knocking at your door, it’s much harder to refuse,” he said. “These are two symbolic clubs that have an important history.”
But Arsenal are keeping tabs on Sevilla’s interest in Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente. Signing Llorente could open the door to an exit for N’Zonzi with manager Unai Emery reportedly at the front of the queue to sign him.
Emery knows Llorente well. He was the Sevilla coach when the Frenchman moved to the La Liga side from Stoke City in 2015.
But talk over a move for N’Zonzi may be premature. The Frenchman has a release clause of €40million (£35million) in his contract with Sevilla although the La Liga side could take €35million (£30million).
By contrast, Arsenal are also being linked with interest in Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira. The Uruguay international has the advantage of being younger – he is 22 – and cheaper. His release clause stands at €25million (£22million).
The Gunners were linked with N’Zonzi in the January transfer window. Arsene Wenger was also an admirer of the Frenchman. But Sevilla ruled out an exit in the middle of the season. The arrival of his replacement could force their hand. It remains to be seen if Arsenal will make a move.
Cech In Serie A Link
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech could be a target for Napoli.
The 36-year-old veteran is being tipped to replace Pepe Reina at the Serie A side.
Arsenal are in talks with Bayer Leverkusen to sign the German side’s keeper Bernd Leno in a deal that would cost the Gunners €20-25million (£17-21million). That would open the door to Cech’s exit. One or both of Cech and David Ospina could leave the Emirates as a result.