Unai Emery is busy preparing for his first season in charge at Arsenal and continues to be linked with new signings this summer.
The Gunners will begin a new era in the upcoming campaign as Emery looks to make a positive start to life in north London after replacing Arsene Wenger at the helm earlier this summer.
In a bid to make a successful start, he has been stamping his mark on the squad with Stephan Lichsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi all being officially unveiled by the club.
As noted by Sky Sports, he appears to have a candidate for his fifth summer signing in mind, with Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi said to be on his transfer radar after the pair previously worked together during Emery’s stint in charge of the Spanish outfit.
However, Sevilla sporting director Joaquin Caparros has reminded any interested parties that they will have to splash out €35m if they wish to prise N’Zonzi away from the club this summer, the figure which represents his release clause.
“Steven has a two-year contract with Sevilla, we were often in touch during the World Cup,” he told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, as quoted by the Express. “We have not yet received offers for him but the speech is still the same: there is a clause of €35m and it [Sevilla’s valuation] will not fall from that amount.”
It’s clear to see why Emery is keen to add N’Zonzi to his squad as although he’s wrapped up the signing of Torreira, he could arguably do with more solidity and a steeliness in the heart of the midfield moving forward.
N’Zonzi, 29, is capable of providing that while he has previous experience of playing in the Premier League and at a high level for Sevilla, while he’s also fresh from winning the World Cup with France in Russia this summer. With that in mind, he could prove to be an astute addition at Arsenal.