Arsenal Bid £13m
Arsenal have put in a bid for Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi. However, the offer falls well short of the La Liga side’s valuation.
Reports of Arsenal’s interest in the France international goes back as far as the end of January when Arsene Wenger was in charge at the Emirates.
N’Zonzi is known to be keen on a move back to the Premier League. He spent six years playing in England first of all with Blackburn Rovers between 2009 and 2012 before moving to Stoke City. He joined Sevilla in 2015.
According to La Colina de Nervion, Arsenal have put in a bid for N’Zonzi that does not exceed €15million (£13.3million).
But the bid has been rejected by Sevilla who are looking for something closer to N’Zonzi’s £35million release fee.
N’Zonzi’s father went to the La Liga club’s offices this week to present a formal transfer request. Such a move is unusual is Spain where every player has a release clause that needs to be met before he is allowed to leave. The word from Sevilla is that a written transfer request “has no legal basis” although it does indicate a willingness by the player to leave the club.
N’Zonzi is keen to work again with Unai Emery who was head coach of Sevilla when he arrived at the Spanish club three seasons ago. The two men spent the 2015-16 campaign together where they won the Europa League for a third successive season.
Arsenal will have to come back with a much higher bid if they are to secure N’Zonzi’s signature. Sevilla sporting director Joaquin Caparros won’t listen to any bid of less than €30million (£26million).
The Gunners have been linked with another Sevilla player, midfielder Ever Banega. However, the Argentina international has indicated to the club that he has no intention of moving to the Emirates.