Arsenal identify Steven Nzonzi as key summer signing

Steven Nzonzi

As per a report from Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb (via the Daily Star), Arsenal are readying a fresh summer swoop for AS Roma star Steven Nzonzi.

Roma stint

Nzonzi, a 30-year-old deep-lying midfielder equally adept either with the ball at his feet or breaking up the attacks of opposing sides, made the move to Roma from La Liga outfit Sevilla last summer.

The Giallorossi splashed out an initial fee of 26 million Euro to secure the former Blackburn and Stoke standout’s signature, beating off rumoured interest from the likes of Arsenal and Barcelona.

However, despite Nzonzi’s arrival, which came alongside the likes of Javier Pastore, Justin Kluivert, Bryan Cristante and Patrik Schick, having been expected to aid Roma in pushing on to the next level, the capital giants have endured a hugely-underwhelming campaign to this point.

Nzonzi has been one of a number of the club’s stars to have struggled to rediscover his best form, with the World Cup winner having often looked a shadow of his once-dominant self.

Arsenal bound?

As such, rumours have already begun to circulate regarding the Frenchman’s future at the Stadio Olimpico, with Calciomercato having reported last month that Nzonzi himself is eyeing a summer departure from Rome.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JULY 10: Paul Pogba of France celebrates victory with team mate Steven Nzonzi following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

And, as per the aforementioned update from Tuttomercatoweb, one club keen to take advantage of the powerful midfielder’s uncertain future are Premier League giants Arsenal.

With Aaron Ramsey set to depart the Emirates at the end of the season, and Mohamed Elneny likely to follow suit, the Gunners will be on the lookout for reinforcements in the middle of the park come the summer.

And Nzonzi, who previously spent time playing under Arsenal boss Unai Emery at Sevilla, has reportedly been identified as a priority addition.

Roma, for their part, are said to be ready to part with their midfield general for a fee of around 22 million Euro.

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