According to the Daily Star, Arsenal could renew their interest in Roma central midfielder Steven N’Zonzi this summer. The 30-year-old star has been linked with moves to North London on a number of occasions in recent years.
Unai Emery’s presence at Arsenal has no doubt fanned the flames of the move. The experienced midfielder enjoyed one of the finest seasons of his career under the Spaniard in Andalucia at Sevilla.
Could be available for a cut-price fee
N’Zonzi moved to Roma for a fee of around £25million from Sevilla. The Frenchman has struggled to find his best form in the Italian capital, with reports from Italy suggesting he could leave for a fee of around £19million.
Some would say that is a big fee for a player of his age. However, in today’s crazy transfer market it may well turn out to be a bargain. He would certainly be a good addition at that price.
Would add to Emery’s midfield options
Arsenal are looking to strengthen in the centre of the park with Aaron Ramsey set to depart for Juventus this summer. N’Zonzi is more of a combative central midfielder and not the same sort of style of player.
However, maybe the Gunners need a different style of central midfielder. The team from north London has lacked a bit of bite in the central midfield area, which is why they brought in Lucas Torreira last summer.
The Uruguayan has enjoyed a promising first campaign with the Gunners. However, he is still young and adapting to the English game. N’Zonzi knows the English game well from his time with Blackburn and Stoke.
The midfielder seemed to enjoy the physical nature of the Premier League during his six years in the English top-flight. A return to the Premier League would certainly not faze the French midfielder.
A decent short-term signing
For me, N’Zonzi would not be a terrible short-term signing. He would add experience, tenacity and quality to the central midfield area. However, the Gunners squad is ageing and Emery needs to bring down the average age of his squad.
I am not sure that those in charge of recruitment will be keen to spend £19million on a player that will have very little sell-on value in the future. The club has definitely tightened the purse strings of late, so it may not be seen as financially viable move.
Would Steven N’Zonzi be a good signing for Arsenal this summer?