Sevilla Name Steven N'Zonzi Price Amid Arsenal and Barcelona Transfer Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2018

SEVILLE, SPAIN - MAY 04:  Steven N'Zonzi of Sevilla FC looks on during the La Liga match between Sevilla and Real Sociedad  at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on May 4, 2018 in Seville, .  (Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images)
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Sevilla's director of football Joaquin Caparros has insisted reported Arsenal target Steven N'Zonzi will not be leaving the club this summer for anything less than the €40 million (£35 million) buyout clause he has in his current contract. 

When asked about the player's future, Caparros said the 29-year-old has been in touch throughout the FIFA World Cup and that no official offers have been received for the player yet, per Cadena Ser (h/t AS).

"Steven has two years remaining on his contract," he said. "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 [Clement] Lenglet—he has a buyout clause, and it's €40 million."

As noted by AS, both the Gunners and Barcelona have been linked with a possible move for N'Zonzi.

N'Zonzi moved to Sevilla in 2015 from Stoke City and has enjoyed a fine spell with the La Liga side.

N'Zonzi helped France to World Cup glory.
N'Zonzi helped France to World Cup glory.FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

The former Potters player has also showcased his class on the international stage, playing a part in France's 2018 FIFA World Cup win. He was used as a substitute by manager Didier Deschamps during the second half of Les Bleus' 4-2 win over Croatia in Sunday's final.

Interest from illustrious clubs such as those mentioned is not a shock as a result. The Get French Football News Twitter account believes N'Zonzi would represent excellent value:

Get French Football News @GFFN

In a volatile transfer market that will only exacerbate with the English window closing in early August, activating Steven N'Zonzi's £35m release clause is surely a no-brainer for any top European side. Showed such steel, technique & poise at this World Cup.

There's no doubt N'Zonzi would bring a massive presence to the midfield of any side willing to pay his release clause.

In Spain he has used his range of attributes to win battles in the middle third of the pitch. Physically, few opponents get the better of the Sevilla man, as he's colossal in aerial duels and uses his dominant frame to win possession back.

Moving to La Liga has also been a catalyst for improvements in other areas of his game. N'Zonzi has refined his technical play, as he's able to use the ball much more effectively now than when he first arrived in the country.

N'Zonzi has been linked with some massive clubs.
N'Zonzi has been linked with some massive clubs.Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images

It also means he'd be adept at slotting into a team like Arsenal or Barcelona, two sides renowned for playing possession-based football. These figures sum up the type of impact N'Zonzi can have on a team:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

.@FootballIndexUK BUY TIP Steven N'Zonzi is set to start for #FRA tomorrow and with a buy price of £1.20 per share, he could prove a handy addition to your portfolio -- https://t.co/3ymqXlrypP https://t.co/SluK8cwLFP

The issue for any side seeking to sign N'Zonzi will be his age. Although there aren't many signs of him slowing down any time soon, the France international turns 30 in December, and it would be understandable if there were some hesitation in parting with so much money as a result.

You sense both Arsenal and Barcelona would hope to do a deal for a sum less than the release clause noted. Yet given how key N'Zonzi remains to the La Liga side and how high is stock is after a fine World Cup, it would be surprising if Sevilla were to undercut themselves below the player's trigger amount.