La Liga outfit fix £35m price on prospective Arsenal recruit

Date published: Monday 16th July 2018 2:33 - Matthew Briggs

Arsenal’s hopes of picking up Steven N’Zonzi for a bargain fee have been extinguished.

Sevilla will not sell the France midfielder unless his £35m release clause is activated, according to the La Liga club’s director of football Joaquin Caparros.

Sky Sports maintain Arsenal have held talks with Sevilla over a deal for the France World Cup winner and Unai Emery hinted last week that there could be one final summer arrival at The Emirates.

Estadio Deportivo claimed earlier this month that the midfielder had told the Spanish side that he would like to leave the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium this summer. And they suggested Gunners boss Unai Emery wAs keen on a reunion after enjoying a  fruitful relationship with N’Zonzi at Sevilla as they secured the 2016 Europa League.

Caparros told Cadena Ser: “Steven has two years remaining on his contract. We have texted each other during the World Cup and I have congratulated him on his achievements with France, of course.

“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 Lenglet – he has a buyout clause, and it’s £35m.”

N’Zonzi, who previously played for Blackburn Rovers and Stoke in the Premier League, has two years remaining on his current contract at Sevilla.

Emery has already added one defensive midfielder in the form of  Lucas Torreira, but has admitted one more deal could happen, although he may be forced to sell before he can spend any more money this summer.


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