Three Possible Destinations For Want-A-Way Sevilla Star Steven N’Zonzi

Three Possible Destinations For Want-A-Way Sevilla Star Steven N’Zonzi
Aug 10, 2017

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Yesterday afternoon, Steven N’Zonzi reportedly made it clear to Sevilla that he wants a move away from the club. The 6″5 Frenchman has enjoyed two scintillating seasons for Sevilla; proving the £7 million purchase from Stoke City to be a bargain.

N’Zonzi helped Sevilla in being triumphant against Liverpool in the 2015-16 final of the Europa League; with the match finishing 3-1, a fifth Europa League title for Sevilla. Thus, along with his flawless performances last season, has made his parent club reluctant to sell the midfielder, as they try to ward off suitors by dismissing any bids until his €40 million release clause is triggered.

It is to no surprise that the 28-year-old has attracted interest from various clubs, last season he had a passing accuracy of 90%, joint 2nd highest in the league for players that played more than 30 matches. N’Zonzi also won 73% of his aerial duels, 98 in total, along with making 48 clearances; showing that he has a nous for defensive duties as well as his capabilities when in possession.

The player is incredibly unique, his physical prowess and ability to retain possession have led to him being one of the most highly rated midfielders in Spain. It, therefore, seems inevitable that the midfielder will be departing Sevilla this summer. One club deemed to be favourites to land the Frenchman’s signature is Juventus.

Juventus have been linked with the midfielder for several weeks, and following the £18 million sale of Lemina, they now have plenty of funds and an extra space on the roster for a deal for the Frenchman to come to fruition. The Bianconeri have already reportedly failed in their attempts to lure either Nemanja Matić or Blaise Matuidi to the club and so it would not be unsurprising to see them swiftly activate N’Zonzi’s release clause as they continue their pursuit for an anchor man.

Remarkably, N’Zonzi has never made an appearance for the French senior side and with the World Cup just one summer away, the player could favour a move to The Old Lady to improve his chances of making the World Cup squad.

Another club that has been linked to the player in the past is Barcelona and the club will look to waste no time in reinvesting the £2oo million received for now PSG forward Neymar. Reports last night suggested they’d had a £90 million bid for Philippe Coutinho rejected and if a deal cannot be concluded for the Brazilian, then N’Zonzi represents a much cheaper and alternative option for the Catalan giants.

Who knows, the club could indeed purchase both players as they are not of the same ilk in terms of their style of play, as well as the positions they both occupy. Any deal made for N’Zonzi would be unusual, as Barcelona tend to buy players with youth on their side; but with their title rivals Real Madrid currently dominating La Liga, who knows what strategy they’ll turn to? After all, football ‘has gone mad’.

The third club that many media outlets have linked the player with in the past is Arsenal, and this is the type of signing that would make people sit up and take notice. Every season, the Gunners are labelled as ‘too soft’, what better way to diminish these qualms than by signing a 6″5 top class defensive midfielder – that can do it on a cold Tuesday night in Stoke?

Lets not misjudge the player, he does have an impressive disciplinary record, receiving only six yellow cards and zero red cards last season; yet his stature alone, as well as the way he is able to glide around the pitch, is enough for opposition players to be put off by the possibility of facing him. It would be very anti-Arsenal-like to spend €40 million on a 28-year-old, but with time running out for Arsène Wenger, just what lengths is he willing to go to in order to bring the title back to the North London outfit?

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