In an interview with the Spanish publication AS, Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi has admitted his side are in a battle to sign Stoke City’s Steven N’Zonzi and are already planning on looking at alternatives.
The French midfielder’s future has been heavily speculated on this summer as he enters the final 12 months of his current contract, with no indication of a possible extension.
The La Liga side are looking to boost their squad following the recent sales of Carlos Bacca and Aleix Vidal, but their attempts to sign N’Zonzi have so far failed and a change of plan could ensue.
“We are in a fight to sign him but our margin for movement is decreasing. If N’Zonzi and Stoke don’t believe we can reach an agreement, we will turn the page and look at other options,” Monchi conceded.
What should Stoke City do this summer?
With talks of trying to tie N’Zonzi down to a longer contract so far proving futile, the Potters must consider selling him or risk losing him for nothing next summer.
Owing to his excellent form at the Britannia Stadium, Mark Hughes’ side have every right to demand an ample transfer fee, but they must not be too unrealistic and drive away the competition.
Selling to a direct Premier League rival may not be a favourable option, but it could come down to a simple choice; sell to Sevilla for moderate sum, or risk seeing him flourish for a league rival for a bigger fee.