According to the Daily Express, Arsenal are eyeing a move for Sevilla’s Steven Nzonzi who is likely to leave Spain this summer if Marcos Llorente signs for Sevilla from Real Madrid.
Nzonzi has enjoyed a long playing career around Europe at the likes of Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers and SC Amiens.
However, it was not until Nzonzi moved to Sevilla in 2015 from Stoke for a fee of around £7.2 million that he showed what a top quality player he is.
Nzonzi has played 136 games for Sevilla has proven to be a top quality central defensive midfielder, something Arsenal are seriously lacking in their current squad.
Arsenal’s central midfield has had its problems for some years now. England and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is often sidelined through injury meaning Arsenal are often a man short in their midfield anyway.
Furthermore, Granit Xhaka, who signed for Arsenal for around £35 million, has proven to be somewhat of a flop.
Xhaka has looked awful in countless games this season for the Gunners and if they do wish to fight for a Champions League place this summer, they need someone a lot more consistent than Xhaka in the centre of the park.
Nzonzi could very well be the man to strengthen what is, at the moment, an average Arsenal midfield.
A new era at Arsenal
Arsenal’s interest in Nzonzi comes on the back of what looks to be a shift in transfer policy at Arsenal.
In the past, Arsenal would sign players very young and attempt to grow them into world-class players.
But now, it appears Arsenal are taking a very different approach which seems to be to sign very experienced older players.
The Gunners have already been linked with the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and have officially signed Stephan Lichtsteiner this summer.
Both of which are in the twilight years of their careers and now it seems that Sevilla’s Steven Nzonzi could be the latest ageing player to join this new era at Arsenal.