Chelsea are set to make a bid for want-away midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, according to Spanish newspaper AS, as translated by Sport Witness.
The former Blackburn man’s agent, Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, confirmed that his client wanted to leave Sevilla last summer but he was persuaded to stay for the 2017/18 season, despite a clear conflict of interests.
Reports claim that Sevilla’s next game against Alaves will be the last time the box to box midfielder features for the La Liga side.
A Premier League return seems likely as both Chelsea and Arsenal are in the running for the 29-year-old, as the London clubs “wait for a possible negotiation”.
Sevilla are happy to sell N’Zonzi this window as they are not happy with his attitude and discipline, however, N’Zonzi has a release clause of €40 million which both interested parties are seemingly unwilling to pay.
There is talk that Sevilla are willing to lower the fee in order to offload Frenchman this summer so we’ll see if Chelsea decide to make an offer.
CHELSEA LEADING THE RACE TO SIGN JEAN-MICHAEL SERI
Chelsea are reportedly poised to pip Arsenal to the signing of OGC Nice star Jean-Michael Seri.
According to claims from the Mirror, the Blues are leading the race to sign the midfielder, who is a strong target for Arsenal ahead of the summer transfer window.
Seri has been a standout performer for Nice over the course of the last two seasons and has been continuously linked with a move to the Premier League.
Arsenal are claimed to have opened talks with the Ivory Coast international’s representatives as they accelerate their pursuit of the player ahead of the summer.
However, their efforts could be to of no avail, with Chelsea claimed by the Mirror to be at the front of the queue in the race to sign Seri.
If either side are to land the midfielder this summer, though, they will need to cough up a considerable sum. It’s reported that Nice value Seri at a huge sum of £40 million and are keen to retain his services for the foreseeable future.