Is N’Zonzi set to snub Arsenal and Manchester City?

Steven N'Zonzi
Steven N’Zonzi is moving closer to the exit door at Sevilla but could be set to snub interest from the Premier League, according to reports in Spain.

The Franco-Congolese powerhouse is understood to have a host of admirers after an excellent season in La Liga and the Champions League, with clubs in England and France reportedly keen for a summer transfer swoop for the Sevilla man.

In the Premier League, both Arsenal and Manchester City are believed to be interested in N’Zonzi, while AS Monaco have also been linked to the 28-year-old’s signature.

However, Spanish daily AS have predicted that all of N’Zonzi’s aforementioned suitors are set to be disappointed at the season’s end, with Italian giants Juventus set to win the race for his signature.

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According to the source, N’Zonzi has already been seduced by the Serie A leaders, and while he’s under contract with Sevilla until 2020, he wouldn’t hesitate to move to the Old Lady of Italian football should they meet his 40 million euro release clause or agree a deal with Los Blanquirrojos.

Should N’Zonzi opt for Juve, he would immediately have his work cut out in trying to establish a starting spot for himself in the reigning champions’ midfield. Massimiliano Allegri can also choose from the likes of Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Stefano Sturaro and Claudio Marchisio.

Ghana’s Kwadwo Asamoah can also feature in the heart of the park, while Tomas Rincon arrived in January to further bolster competition in the middle of the pink.

Admittedly, Gabon’s Mario Lemina has been linked to the exit door and appears unlikely to still be in Turin next season, although Juve have also been linked with Olympique Lyonnais’ Corentin Tolisso, who would also represent heavyweight competition for N’Zonzi.

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Nonetheless, the midfielder has demonstrated this term that he could well be a fine asset for Juve should they opt for him this summer.

He has featured 25 times in the top flight for Sevilla this term, contributing two goals and two assists, and is in the top 15 in La Liga for aerial battles won per match.

Colombes-born N’Zonzi began his senior career with Amiens after switching between various sides at youth level, and moved to England in 2009 when he was signed by Blackburn Rovers.

He made a name for himself as an aggressive, powerful midfield general at Ewood Park, before moving to Stoke City in 2012, and was part of the Sevilla side that won the Europa League last term.

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