Steven N’Zonzi has reportedly fallen out with Sevilla manager, Eduardo Berizzo, and is therefore looking for a move back to the Premier League.
According to Spanish outlet AS, Arsenal are hoping to strengthen their midfield in January by activating N’Zonzi’s £35m release clause and the former Stoke man is looking for a move away from Sevilla after falling out with his coach.
The 28-year-old was subbed off by Berizzo at half-time during the La Liga side’s 3-3 Champions League draw on 21 November and is yet to be handed another start. Therefore, he’s said to be looking for a new club, despite his contract with Sevilla not running out until June 2020.
Arsenal, however, allegedly face competition from Everton, as N’Zonzi could prefer to reunite with ex-Blackburn boss, Sam Allardyce.
Since signing for Sevilla from Stoke in 2015, N’Zonzi has gone on to make 108 appearances for the La Liga side, scoring seven goals and assisting five. While he’s hardly Patrick Vieira, he’s a better defensive midfield option than Francis Coquelin.
Sevilla only signed the Frenchman for £3m two years ago so I’m sure they wouldn’t mind making a £32m profit if Arsenal genuinely do come in for him in January.
At the moment, however, I don’t see us making any notable signings mid-way through the season.