Arsenal Reportedly Consider Triggering Steven N'Zonzi Release Clause

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistDecember 4, 2017

SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 01:  Steven N'Zonzi of Sevilla FC in action during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Sevilla FC and Spartak Moskva at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 1, 2017 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images)
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Arsenal could reportedly revive their interest in Sevilla midfielder Steven N'Zonzi and complete a cut-price transfer following his war of words with the Spanish club's hierarchy. 

Spanish newspaper AS reported N'Zonzi's relationship with Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo has broken down, meaning the club could be open to selling if his £35 million release clause is met (h/t Greg Johnson of football.london).

N'Zonzi's future in Seville has been thrown into more doubt after the midfielder left the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan when his team were 3-0 down at half-time during their UEFA Champions League meeting with Liverpool on November 21.

His status in Berizzo's squad has unsurprisingly suffered in the weeks since, and ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan hinted at a potential winter exit, giving the sense he may not be able to repair the damage done:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

N'Zonzi not even on Sevilla bench again tonight - following row with coaching staff - looks like he's on way as soon as January / could be bargain pick-up.

Johnson reported N'Zonzi would be sought after at Arsenal as either a signing in addition to or to challenge Granit Xhaka for his place as the commanding defensive-midfield force at the Emirates Stadium.

Spanish football writer Simon Harrison commented on N'Zonzi's situation on the night of his premature exit against Liverpool and was quick to give a negative assessment of his future prospects at Sevilla:

Simon Harrison @simonhfootball

Odd for N’Zonzi to be the fall guy. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him leave in January or the summer, something has definitely felt off this season. https://t.co/8MQgynYsB8

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Daniel Lagos of AS also reported new Everton boss Sam Allardyce, who once managed the Frenchman during their time together at Blackburn Rovers, is also interested in a winter deal.

N'Zonzi has expressed some level of dissatisfaction in Seville for a while now, and Goal recently provided quotes from the player, who gave a glowing assessment of England's top flight:

Goal @goal

Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi has left the door open for a return to the Premier League https://t.co/eRFweIPJlg https://t.co/s9txfZc3mv

The 28-year-old has flirted with a Sevilla exit for some time and has the benefit of already impressing in the Premier League with Blackburn and Stoke City before he joined the La Liga side in July 2015.

Arsenal may also look to secure a transfer for N'Zonzi at a price lower even than his release clause, depending on how eager his club are to sanction a sale and get him out of the door.

The midfielder has missed Sevilla's last two league fixtures and has no clear route back into Berizzo's plans, while Arsenal would welcome another authoritative figure in their core.


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