Arsenal have reportedly agreed a €40 million deal to sign Steven N’Zonzi from Sevilla in the winter transfer window.
According to a report by Spanish publication El Gol Digital, Steven N’Zonzi could be on his way back to the Premier League in January. Arsenal seem to have won the race to sign the Sevilla midfielder, having agreed a €40 million deal to sign him in the winter transfer window.
N’Zonzi has shot into limelight across Europe ever since sealing the move to Sevilla from Stoke City in the summer of 2015. Over the last two years, the player has progressed by leaps and bounds to become an instrumental figure for the La Liga outfit while also earning his first call-up to the France National Side.
His tenacity at the centre of the park as well as an eye for a pass have made him one of the most highly sought-after midfielders in Europe. Several top clubs, including Barcelona, Juventus and Chelsea have been linked with the player in recent months, but Arsenal have been the forefront in the race to sign him.
Arsene Wenger was believed to be in search of a midfielder to bolster his options in the summer transfer window, with the likes of Corentin Tolisso, Jean Michael Seri and others linked heavily. But, the Gunners were unable to sign anyone before the transfer deadline in August.
Arsenal have agreed a £35.3million deal for Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi. The package would reportedly be made up of a £32.7million transfer fee, plus £2.6million in bonuses [Spanish outlet – El Gol]#afc pic.twitter.com/6ucwhfCbyK
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With Granit Xhaka blowing hot and cold this season, and Mohamed Elneny as well as Francis Coquelin only considered as bit-part players, the need to sign a midfielder has accentuated, especially considering the uncertain situation of Jack Wilshere.
Moreover, Arsenal seem to lack an out and out defensive midfielder who could provide stability in front of the back-line and allow Aaron Ramsey and Wilshere – if he pens a renewal – the freedom to move forward without worrying much about their defensive responsibilities.
N’Zonzi, thus, becomes a viable target for Wenger, with Seri no longer a target for him. The report goes on to suggest that Arsenal have made rapid strides in their pursuit of the Frenchman, who is eager to leave Sevilla.
The La Liga outfit are adamant that they want to recoup his €40 million release clause and while Arsenal are not willing to pay the entire amount, they have found a solution to secure his services. The North London club have agreed a deal that includes a €37 million upfront payment and €3 million in add ons.
So, N’Zonzi’s journey with Sevilla seems to be coming to an end, with a return back to the Premier League in January imminent. It now remains to be seen if Arsenal indeed make it official.