According to Sky Sports, new Arsenal boss Unai Emery is keen on bringing Steven N’Zonzi to the Emirates Stadium.
Transfermarkt value the French midfielder at £27 million, and reports suggest a deal could be struck for a fee in this region.
Whoever brings in the 29-year-old will be acquiring a powerful midfield presence, able to play in a box-to-box capacity and be effective in all thirds of the pitch. He also has Premier League experience following previous spells with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke.
Since a move to Sevilla in 2015, N’Zonzi has developed into a fine midfielder, worthy of inclusion in France’s 2018 World Cup squad.
He might be a good fit for Arsenal, though the Gunners are close to bringing in Lucas Torreira this summer. He would be a better fit at Chelsea though, and the Blues should seriously consider swooping in to secure a deal for the Sevilla man.
Whilst N’Golo Kante is probably the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League, since selling Matic, and Bakayoko looking like a complete flop signing, Chelsea have lacked steel in the centre of the park.
Cesc Fabregas’ influence also appears to be on the wane, with the Spaniard no longer seeming up to the task of delivering the goods week in week out.
N’Zonzi is neither as good a defensive midfielder as Kante, nor does he possess the same level of creative prowess as Fabregas. Chelsea don’t need either of those things though. They need a shuttle between their defence and attack. Someone to bridge the gap between Kante and the likes of Hazard and Willian.
N’Zonzi would provide that link, with his hard running, ball carrying ability and range of passing. The France international is the missing link in the Blues’ midfield. His price tag isn’t beyond the reach of this new model transfer policy that Chelsea have been employing recently either.
N’Zonzi is not a player the Stamford Bridge outfit can afford to let slip through their fingers and join a rival.