£35m star responds to reports claiming he’s in talks to sign for Arsenal

By on December 5, 2017

Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi has dismissed reports suggesting he’s in London to discuss a potential £35m move to Arsenal this winter.

N’Zonzi is expected to leave Sevilla when the January transfer window opens after a bust-up with boss Eduardo Berizzo during the clubs dramatic 3-3 draw with Liverpool last month.

The midfielder has now confirmed Berizzo blamed him for the club being 3-0 down at half-time and it’s understood N’Zonzi stormed out of the stadium and hasn’t played for the club since.

The Mirror reported earlier today that Arsenal are among the clubs showing a keen interest in signing the French midfielder with Arsene Wenger reportedly willing to meet his £35m buyout clause.

N’Zonzi fuelled the speculation after flying-in to London yesterday and the newspaper suggested he was in the capital to hold talks over a potential move this winter with Liverpool and Everton also believed to be in the race for his signature.

However, while the 28-year-old has admitted he is in London, N’Zonzi insists it’s got nothing to do with holding talks with Arsenal but rather to see his son who lives in the capital.

The player is quoted as telling France Football.

I’m in London, but it has nothing to do with a transfer, or even football. I came to see my son who lives there and enjoy it to spend time with him. You see, there is no question of a signature at Arsenal or elsewhere!

We are led 0-3 at the break (note: 3-3 in the end). The coach (Eduardo Berizzo) pointed a finger at me. I do not blame him, I’m not here to talk to him, but his words have affected me. Since then, something has broken in me, and at home too.

My future is clearly elsewhere than in Seville. The only thing that deceives me is the way it ends.

Obviously N’Zonzi could be telling a little white lie and concealing the fact he’s in London to hold talks with interested clubs such as Arsenal but I’m not particularly bothered either way.

He’s a solid player who’s capable of brilliance and he’s always been mentioned as our next ‘Patrick Vieira’ but I’m not convinced he’s consistent enough to be our midfield enforcer.