- N’Zonzi left Stoke in 2015 and has hinted at a Premier League return in the future
- Arsenal, Man City both linked with a swoop for the Sevilla midfielder
- Frenchman would address a key issue in Arsenal squad in particular
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Having enjoyed a successful two-year spell with Sevilla, reported Arsenal and Man City target Steven N’Zonzi has dropped a hint over his future.
The 28-year-old has been a hugely important part of Sevilla’s plans since joining them from Stoke City in 2015, making 40+ appearances in each of the last two campaigns.
It has been an opportunity for him to further showcase his qualities in central midfield, while he was able to lift the Europa League trophy in 2016.
However, it now sounds as though he could start to consider his options moving forward as he enters the peak years of his career and arguably his last window to win major trophies.
In turn, having seemingly expressed a desire to perhaps return to England in the future, The Sun claim that Arsenal and City will have been alerted by his comments having already been keen on the Frenchman.
The report adds though that Leicester City had a £30m bid rejected for N’Zonzi last year, and so it remains to be seen what fee it would take to prise him away from the La Liga outfit.
“Who knows what is going to happen. I am not going to talk about contracts,” he said, as per the Sun, with his current deal not expiring until 2020.
“I love the Premier League. I really like the Premier League, this is where I started at a good level. I had a great time there but I don’t know what is going to happen in the future.”
It’s arguably a perfect signing for Arsenal in particular as they’ve missed having a commanding, powerful driving force in their midfield for years and so N’Zonzi could fill a very important role for Arsene Wenger’s side.
The veteran tactician has tried a number of different players and options in the heart of his midfield from Francis Coquelin to Granit Xhaka, but Arsenal continue to be criticised over the lack of solidity and character in the team and N’Zonzi would offer plenty of that.
However, with Yaya Toure likely to move on at the end of the season with his contract set to expire, City may well be in the market for midfield reinforcements themselves and N’Zonzi could fit the bill. Although it’s questionable as to whether he’d get the same playing time as at Arsenal with Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho and others competing for the same spots.