Steven N’Zonzi could be set to move on from Sevilla, with Arsenal reportedly interested in meeting his £35m release clause. But the Gunners should be wary of his temperament.
N’Zonzi is currently sitting out Sevilla’s matches, after a fallout with management over a half-time substitution against Liverpool.
He also missed a training session the next day, and it isn’t the first time he’s fallen out with the club that employs him.
Back in 2012, the French international had just completed his third season with Blackburn Rovers, who had just been relegated to the Championship.
Manager Steve Kean announced that N’Zonzi had handed in a transfer request and didn’t want to play for Blackburn anymore.
He moved to Stoke, and just one year later N’Zonzi handed in another transfer request. The club announced that he’d handed in his request in writing, but he remained at the Britannia Stadium for another season.
At the end of 2013/14 campaign, you may not be surprised to learn that the Frenchman sent over his now-yearly transfer request, emailing chief executive Tony Scholes to ask to leave.
Again, Stoke turned him down, but at the end of that campaign they allowed him to leave to join Sevilla.
And after two seasons with the Spanish club, during which time the 28-year-old won his first major honour (Europa League), N’Zonzi was back to his old tricks.
He asked to leave in the summer of 2017. His agent confirmed the rumours, but that was the end of the story.
Now that he’s been left out of the team completely, however, there’s a chance N’Zonzi is preparing to cut all Sevilla ties for good with the January window approaching.
But if Arsenal are interested in meeting his £35m release clause, they need to be prepared for the possibility that the 28-year-old’s stay may not last too long.