It is looking more and more likely that Steven N’Zonzi’s days as a Sevilla player are numbered.
According to The Mirror, the French midfielder rowed with manager Eduardo Berizzo after being taken off with Sevilla 3-0 down at home to Liverpool in the Champions League a fortnight ago – a game the La Liga giants rallied to draw in the second-half without their talismanic midfielder.
And it could well be no coincidence that N’Zonzi has not been seen in a Sevilla shirt since. And it seems that a return to England could be on the cards for the former Blackburn Rovers man, who swapped Stoke for Sevilla in 2016.
The Mirror claims that N’Zonzi has a £35 million buyout clause in his contract, a fee Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton are all considering.
And now, COPE reports, via The Mirror, that N’Zonzi, who completed more passes than any other player in La Liga last season, is on his way to London with Sevilla’s permission in order to hold talks over a possible transfer in January.
The fact that N’Zonzi will arrive in the capital suggests that Arsenal, who appear to be crying out for a forceful combination of grit and guile in the centre of the park, stand as the most likely destination.
But it must be pointed out that Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is also based in London, which is where he held crucial discussions with Sam Allardyce before tempting the 63-year-old out of retirement, according to The Sun.
Allardyce worked with N’Zonzi during his formative years at Blackburn and even admitted that he tried to convince the 28-year-old to switch his international allegiance to England in 2016, per The Guardian – a year before he finally made his France debut.