£35m-rated star from Sevilla to boost Gunners midfield

The Spaniard is already pushing ahead with transfer plans after taking the helm at Arsenal

£35m-rated star from Sevilla to boost Gunners midfield

The Spaniard is already pushing ahead with transfer plans after taking the helm at Arsenal

02 June 2018 Saturday 11:03
£35m-rated star from Sevilla to boost Gunners midfield

UNAI EMERY is reportedly keen on bolstering Arsenal's midfield by turning to Steven Nzonzi, who he coached at Sevilla.

The Spaniard is already pushing ahead with transfer plans after taking the helm at Arsenal.

He was the shock candidate to replace Arsene Wenger, with odds as long as 66/1 at one point for the former Paris St-Germain manager to take over.

And one of his first actions will be to sign Sevilla ace Nzonzi, according to Estadio Deportivo, who he used to work with whilst he was at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Emery was the man to take the Frenchman to La Liga when he signed him from Stoke for £7m and the 29-year-old has improved considerably.

The ex-Blackburn midfielder has earned himself a place in the France squad as they jet off as one of the favourites to win the World Cup this summer.

Ever Banega - No player has played more times for Emery than the 200 appearances racked up by the Argentinian midfielder across both Sevilla and Valencia.

Would be a great reinforcement Jean-Michael Seri - Emery wanted the Nice midfielder at PSG, and Arsenal have been linked with him previously too.

A box-to-box midfielder, he would bring dynamism to the team Ivan Rakitic - Shone under Emery at Sevilla, earning his move to Barcelona in 2014.

Has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, and now 30, time may be running out if it does not happen soon Caglar Soyuncu - The young Freiburg centre-back has been linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks and if Emery likes the look of him, he could be part of a defensive overhaul Adrien Rabiot - The 23-year-old French midfield ace has long been linked with Arsenal.

Would fit in very well at the Emirates Sokratis Papastathopoulos - The Greek defender turns 30 next month, and is reportedly a top target for Arsenal this summer. A proven top defender after five years with Borussia Dortmund

Arsenal have granted many of their transfer powers to head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, who was nicknamed "Diamond Eye" whilst at Borussia Dortmund.

And the German scout has already had a profound impact on the Gunners squad, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan proving good purchases.

Another former Dortmund star is expected to join the north London side soon, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos reportedly on the brink of arrival.

But Emery, as reported by Estadio Deportivo, is still able to influence proceedings, and one area that needs strengthening is defensive midfield.

And the uncertain futures of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey will give the club more concern, with two key stars looking likely to leave this transfer window.

Wilshere's contract will run out this summer whilst Ramsey's expires at the end of next season.

However, if contract negotiations fail with the Welshman, reports say that he will be sold as to avoid a similar situation to Alexis Sanchez last year.

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