According to various reports, Steven N’Zonzi has told Sevilla he wants to leave and remains a possible Arsenal target.
The Gunners will likely announce the arrival of Uruguay international Lucas Torreira when he’s done at the World Cup, but there’s an apparent willingness on the part of Unai Emery add another midfield option if the right deal comes along.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with Ever Banega, also at Sevilla, but the Andalusian outfit seem to be playing hardball on that front. In contrast, the Gunners have long been aware that if they stump up N’Zonzi’s £35 million release clause, they can have him.
“If he [Emery] wants N’Zonzi, he will have to call and put the bid in,” said sporting director Joaquin Caparros last month.
He added: “The bid is the clause. If you put that bid in, then there are no more negotiations [over the fee].”
Whether we can afford that on top of our other outlays remains to be seen. That said, the France international is apparently keen on a return to England where he’s previously played in the Premier League for Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers.
The Gunners have lost Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere this summer and until Aaron Ramsey pens a new deal, his long-term future remains a doubt. Thankfully, the vibes coming from the Welshman’s camp are positive but another midfielder wouldn’t do us any harm.
On a slightly separate note, from what we can tell, our transfer policy (or at least, the players we’ve been linked with seriously) in the last six months seem to neatly fall into the following categories…
Has he played for Borussia Dortmund?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Papa Sokratis
Does he play in the Bundesliga?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Papa Sokratis, Bernd Leno, Caglar Soyuncu
Has he played for Unai Emery?
Yacine Adli, Ever Banega, Steven Nzonzi
Is he a bit of a bastard?
Lucas Torreira, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Papa Sokratis, Steven Nzonzi, Marouane Fellaini