Report: Long-term Everton and Arsenal target Steven N'Zonzi hands in transfer request, £22m fee mooted

Olivier Giroud and Steven Nzonzi of France acknowledge the fans following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Denmark and France at Luzhniki Stadium on June 26, 2018 in...

Everton and Arsenal are long-term admirers of the Sevilla ace, according to reports.

Sevilla's French midfielder Steven N'Zonzi (L) vies with Manchester United's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez during a last 16 second leg UEFA Champions League football match between...

Long-term Arsenal and Everton target Steven N'Zonzi has handed in a transfer request to Sevilla, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

The France international has a £35 million buy-out clause inserted into his contract with Sevilla, but the La Liga side could be tempted to accept just £22 million for his services, according to the Daily Mail.

Steven N'Zonzi of Sevilla during a pre-season friendly match between Everton and Sevilla at Goodison Park on August 6, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The 29-year-old is an aggressive, tenacious central midfield player, and the quality that he possesses undoubtedly makes him an ideal addition to either Arsenal or Everton's respective squads.

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He also has experience of playing in the Premier League, having spent time with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City.

The Daily Mail claims that he is desperate to leave the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium this summer, and is prepared to force through a move by handing in a transfer request.

France's midfielder Steven N'Zonzi arrives for a press conference in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines near Paris on November 7, 2017 as part of the France national team's preparation for the...

The Daily Mail claimed that both the Gunners and the Toffees held talks with Sevilla regarding the possibility of signing N'Zonzi back in December 2017, but a move to England obviously failed to materialise for the Frenchman.

Following the latest developments, though, both Arsenal and Everton could very well be tempted to renew their interest in the 6ft 5in powerhouse.

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