Arsenal’s transfer business has been brilliant this summer but Emery could still be in the market for one or two more additions before the window shuts.
Recently, the club has been linked with a move for a winger and another holding midfielder.
One holding midfielder the club have been linked with is French World Cup winner, Steven Nzonzi. Italian news outlet Calciomercato is now reporting that Nzonzi is considering snubbing Arsenal’s interest and instead opting to join Roma.
The Gunners had been favourites to sign the midfielder who had worked with Emery at Sevilla. The tall midfielder fell out of favour at the Spanish club last season following and had a sub-par campaign considering how good he was in his first two years at the club.
While Emery has brought in Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi in the same role, Arsenal could well do with Nzonzi’s defensive awareness and ability to recycle the ball.
He may not be as mobile Torreira, Nzonzi reads the game incredibly well and is very adept at receiving the ball in tight areas and finding his teammate with a pass under pressure.
Nzonzi is seemingly keen on a move to the club, his £36 million release clause is slightly steep, especially for a team that isn’t in dire of another midfielder. Any deal would’ve meant that Arsenal needed to sell before they could buy.
Although the race for Nzonzi isn’t over, if he joins Roma it would be a slight blow to Arsenal’s plans.
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