It’s been known for a few days now that Arsenal are interested in bringing Steven N’Zonzi to the Emirates, but as reported by The Independent, the latest development in the story could provide the club with a few hiccups. It has been suggested that in order for N’Zonzi to move to North London, Arsenal would need to trigger his release clause. While that may seem like an obvious move for them to make if they’re that interested, his release clause rests at £35 million.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal are set to name former Sevilla boss Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s replacement. In my article yesterday, I wrote that Emery had emerged as an alternative to Mikel Arteta and it seems the Spaniard will now become the Gunners next boss.
Emery was reportedly in London on Monday for talks with club officials for talks over the job. It seems the 46-year-old impressed them with whatever he had to say.
Arteta wanted more control
According to reports, former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta withdrew from the race on Monday, as the Spaniard wanted more control over incoming transfers, as the club reportedly are only prepared to give the next head coach a budget of around £50million.
North London club Arsenal are said to have agreed a deal to sign Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi in January.
According to reports coming from the Spanish publication El Gol, Gunners have reached an agreement with La Liga side Sevilla over a £35.3 million transfer which will be made official once the transfer market reopens in January.
The transfer package which will see N’Zonzi return to the Premier League will include £32.7 million for the transfer fee, plus additional £2.6 million in bonuses.
The French defensive midfielder’s future has been the subject of intense speculation over the past couple of months with Sevilla star being linked with the likes of Everton and Juventus.
According to the Metro, Arsenal are interested in signing Sevilla’s defensive midfielder Steven N’Zonzi. The 28-year-old has reportedly travelled to London with speculation rife that he could be returning to the English top-flight in January.
N’Zonzi first appeared in English football under Everton boss Sam Allardyce at Blackburn. Reports suggest that the Toffees may well be interested in signing the midfield enforcer.
Impressed in Sevilla
N’Zonzi impressed during his time in the heart of the Blackburn midfield and moved on to Stoke City. However, the defensive midfielder enjoyed an underwhelming three years in the Potteries.
Arsenal are looking to offload a number of their players and one of those is supposedly Spanish striker Lucas Perez. The 28-year-old only joined the Gunners from Deportivo La Coruna last summer for a fee of around £17million.
However, he struggled for game time with the club from north London and is now looking to move on in search of regular game time elsewhere. According to TalkSport, a number of clubs are trailing the forward this summer.
In-demand this summer
Arsenal forward Lucas Perez is expected to be on his way out this summer, with two clubs from the Spanish La Liga believed to be keen in his signature. The 28-year-old hasn’t even been at the Emirates Stadium for a year but is seeking a move as a result of a lack of playing time in his maiden campaign.
According to the Mirror, former side Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla are both interested in Perez who asked for an exit after his £17m move didn’t go to plan. He was brought to the club late last summer and ended up scoring an impressive seven goals in 400 minutes of football in all competitions.
Leicester City booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after seeing past perennial Europa League winners Sevilla, progressing further in their maiden European campaign than Arsenal have in seven years. The Foxes are 25/1 to win the Champions League this season, and will now face either Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, AS Monaco/Manchester City, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid/Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.
For Arsenal, it’s seven straight years of last-16 disappointment, their latest of which saw them lose 10-2 on aggregate to a Bayern Munich not considered to be at their best this season. The German Bundesliga giants weren’t good enough to win their group prior to the knockouts but made light work of a fragile Arsenal side enduring one of their most disappointing campaigns as things stand.
Transfer saga revolving around Alexis Sanchez offers little promise and reason to feel optimistic for Arsenal fans as the entire story get dragged all over the place.
And according to the latest reports from Daily Star, Alexis Sanchez has already made up his mind and decided to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, for a shock move back to La Liga.
The Chilean superstar is on Atletico Madrid radar, but Daily Star’s exclusive claims that Sevilla are in a pole position to sign Sanchez at the end of the season.
La Liga side Sevilla look set to lose one of their key players this season as Steven N’Zonzi has refused to extend his contract with Rojiblancos amid interest from the likes of Barcelona and Arsenal.
According to Spanish media outlet AS, N’Zonzi did not want to put pen to paper on a new deal as it would have increased his buyout clause well over the current €30 million, which the player feels would ultimately ruin his chances of making a move elsewhere.
Sevilla sporting director Monchi is believed to be eyeing up replacements for the reliable midfielder as he is not certain if N’Zonzi will remain at Sevilla past the January transfer window.
Arsenal’s young Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin has moved to dismiss rumours of a return to boyhood club Barcelona. The 21-year-old joined Barcelona at the age of eight and played his football at the Catalan club’s famous La Masia, before moving on to Arsenal in 2011.
Bellerin has gone on to establish himself as one of the most exciting young full-backs in the world game. Some would argue that Bellerin is the best right-back in the world.
Concentrating on Arsenal
Talking to the London Evening Standard, Bellerin reaffirmed his loyalty to Arsenal by saying: “If I wanted to play there I would have stayed there.