Sevilla reach agreement 'in principal' with Stoke City for N'Zonzi

Sevilla Football Club

Spanish reports claim Stoke City have now accepted the latest bid from Sevilla for Steven N'Zonzi.

Although one formal offer from Sevilla had already been rejected by Stoke City, reports in Spain have assured that Steven N'Zonzi will sign for the Europa League champions before the weekend.

The first offer of £3 million was completely dismissed by Stoke City three weeks ago, but according to Spanish sports outlet AS, they have now struck a deal with Sevilla and the player will undergo a medical with his new club over the coming days.

Their report claims that late on Tuesday night, an agreement 'in principal' was reached between the two clubs, with the value of the operation for the midfielder now priced at €6 million, which converts to just over £4.3 million.

How accurate that valuation is remains to be seen, given previous speculation that Stoke City weren't prepared to accept anything less than £6 million for N'Zonzi, who is in the final year of his contract, plus having also rejected the advances of Leicester City.

Another Spanish outlet, El Desmarque, claim the transfer of N'Zonzi is to all intents and purposes, a done deal. All that is required now: "The signing of documentation, with the terms completely agreed," between the two clubs.

Meanwhile and as a counter to these reports from Spain, in England, The Guardian have informed that the 26-year-old has been named in the Potters squad, which will travel to Singapore for the Asia Cup next week.

However, that news comes with an interesting caveat. This squad list "is subject to change" by Stoke City, which adds fuel to the reports from Spain that N'Zonzi will be travelling to Andalucia, instead of Singapore.

On Friday, the Sevilla squad heads across Spain to the Mar Menor, where they'll commence the first stage of their pre-season schedule, with a training camp at La Manga.

Previously in an interview with AS, sporting director Monchi suggested Sevilla were "still in the fight" for N'Zonzi, but also suggested their attention could turn elsewhere, if a deal couldn't be reached with Stoke City.

Since the publication of that interview, it appears negotiations have moved on significantly in the last twenty-four hours, although nothing official has yet been declared by either club.

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