ROMA are close to completing a deal for Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi despite Arsenal’s interest.
Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport claim Nzonzi is heading to Serie A after Monchi made him a top target.
The transfer guru previously worked at Sevilla and helped Nzonzi join the club in 2015.
And he is now brokering his move to Rome after he helped France win the World Cup.
Nzonzi is on Arsenal’s radar as Unai Emery looks to bolster his squad after replacing Arsene Wenger.
Emery has already splashed the cash and appears to be waiting on Aaron Ramsey to decide his future before moving for another midfielder.
Ramsey is into the final year of his contract and has been linked with Chelsea despite being a contender for the captaincy.
Nzonzi and teammate Ever Banega were linked with the Gunners but Emery looks set to miss out on the Frenchman.
The 29-year-old has a £31m release clause but Sevilla appear happy to negotiate a lower price.
Roma chief James Pallotta opened up on transfers earlier this week insisting they were aiming for two more deals.
He said ”We have a strong team, with many new players, but that's not enough: we'll make two more purchases.”
And Nzonzi is set to be the first before they turn their attention to Quincy Promes.
Arsenal meanwhile may have to be satisfied with the signings of Matteo Guendouzi, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira before next week’s transfer deadline.
Emery has been told to sell before his buys again as Arsenal look to shave some fringe players from the squad.
Lucas Perez, Carl Jenkinson, Danny Welbeck, Nacho Montreal, Shkodran Mustafi, David Ospina, and Petr Cech are all up for sale.