Arsenal face serious rivals for Unai Emery’s favourite midfield enforcer

Date published: Tuesday 24th July 2018 11:48 - Matthew Briggs

Arsenal face serious competition from Roma in their bid to sign Steven N’Zonzi, according to a report.

Roma are reported to be among the other clubs interested in N’Zonzi and will challenge Arsenal for his signature.

Their director of football Monchi signed the midfielder during his time as Sevilla’s sporting director, and Gazzetta dello Sport claims he wants to reunited with the player.

Arsenal reportedly remain locked in talks with Sevilla over the potential signing of N’Zonzi.

France Football claimed last night that Unai Emery was intent on signing his former Sevilla midfielder enforcer, but Arsenal were not prepared to meet the player’s €40million release clause.

The France international’s buy-out clause was confirmed by director of football Joaquin Caparros recently and all the indications are that Sevilla will not budge on it.

He revealed: “We have not received any offers for him and I will say the same to any clubs who may be interested as what we said with [Clement] Lenglet – he has a buy-out clause and it’s €40m.”

Emery is looking to strengthen his midfield options despite the arrival of Lucas Torreira and reports in Spain claim N’Zonzi, 29, is top of the Spaniard’s wish list.

And he has now entered into talks after initially denying interest in the World Cup winner.

Aasked about a potential reunion with N’Zonzi earlier this month, Emery said: “I know him but we haven’t made a move for him.”

Estadio Deportivo claimed last week that Arsenal were no longer interested in pursuing N’Zonzi.

Today though, the Daily Mirror claim “Arsenal have been given the green light to sign Steven N’Zonzi – as long as they meet his £36million release clause”.

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Just what the means is unclear and the report does not appear to move the story on.

Emery has gone on record saying that his summer transfer business is almost done, but he did state: “If one player is a big opportunity for us will we sign them. We will only sign a player in the next month if he’s a big opportunity.”



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