Arsenal have been handed a major transfer boost as long-term transfer target, Steven N’zonzi has stated that he is all but certain to leave Sevilla after a bitter fall-out with his manager, Eduardo Berrizzo. The former Stoke City midfielder has grown to be one of the best players in central midfield in La Liga and has interested the likes of Juventus, Everton, and Arsenal.
The Gunners have been scouting the player to add quality to the midfield as the likes of Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Mohammed Elneny have failed to add the much needed physicality to the middle of the park.
In the recent draw with Liverpool in the Champions League, the lanky midfielder was the subject of a public tirade by his manager, who singled him out for criticism and claiming that the player didn’t fit his philosophy.
The 28 year old, however has hit back at the manager, claiming that he has always been the model professional, always playing to the coach’s instructions. It is believed that Sevilla will be open to selling him in the January transfer window, though his release clause of £35.2m will likely be dropped a little, given the breakdown in relationship between the player and manager. The player will not find it difficult to adapt to the Premier League having played for Stoke and Blackburn earlier in his career.
Everton are currently regarded as favourites for his signature given that Sam Allardyce, the Toffees manager coached N’zonzi at Blackburn Rovers. The player all but confirmed his imminent exit from the Ramon Sanchez Pijuan stadium with an interview recently.
N’Zonzi was quoted as saying: “The coach pointed the finger at me [at half-time of the Liverpool game]. I will not repeat it… but his words affected me, Publicly, he said in future he would only select players who fit his vision for football. What does that mean?
“The fact I was always professional despite the circumstances, that I always did my job, I found it unfair.
“My future is clearly away from Seville. The only thing that disappoints me is the way it has ended.” He added.
The player has not featured since that tie against Liverpool and has been frozen out by his manager. There was increased speculation after he was spotted in London recently though he claims that he went to visit his son. He is a physically imposing midfielder known for his tough tackling, passing and determination in the middle of the park.
He will offer quality to the Arsenal midfield, as his interceptions and ball winning ability will offer the attacking players the freedom to explore further forward.