Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery backed to complete Steven Nzonzi swap deal

Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery backed to complete Steven Nzonzi swap deal

03 August 2018 Friday 18:57
Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery backed to complete Steven Nzonzi swap deal

ARSENAL could use Aaron Ramsey in a swap deal to land Steven Nzonzi, football finance expert Kieran Maguire claims.

The Sevilla midfielder has been tipped to head to the Emirates this summer, with Unai Emery keen on the France international.

Ramsey, on the other hand, has one year remaining on his current Arsenal contract.

The Wales international is wanted by Chelsea, with new boss Maurizio Sarri keen to splash the cash.

And Maguire says the Gunners could use Ramsey in a swap deal to secure Nzonzi before the transfer window shuts on August 9.

"In terms of Nzonzi, you are looking at around the same price level,” Maguire told the Daily Star.

"He has a release clause of £35m and Ramsey is in that ballpark, so it could work for both teams. 

"In terms of wages, it would also work very well for Financial Fair Play, as Ramsey's wages are roughly £10,000 less."

Arsenal transfer news: Steven Nzonzi could join

Arsenal transfer news: Steven Nzonzi could join (Image: GETTY)

Arsenal have already signed five players in the transfer window this summer.

Matteo Guendouzi, Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira have joined the Gunners.

Arsenal are fully focused on domestic competitions this season after failing to qualify for the Champions League last time out.

Much has been made of Arsenal’s transfer business in recent months, with former Gunners striker John Hartson claiming Emery needs another centre-half.

“Going forward, they seem exciting, but Arsenal’s problem in recent years has been defensively,” Hartson exclusively told Express Sport.

“It’s that rock at the back, the commanding centre-half that Arsenal need.

“If you look at the competition, Liverpool will be right up there challenging Man City, Man Utd will improve. We don’t know what’s going to happen with Chelsea, three of their top names are linked with moves, [Eden] Hazard, [Thibaut] Courtois and Willian.

“There’s a lot of competition - and they are all chasing City.

“Emery needs time to integrate all these players into the squad and his line-up. I don’t think the fans see it that way.

“They’ve signed Sokratis from Dortmund but he doesn’t have bundles of experience at the top level.

“They’ve made defensive signings but they still need to strengthen. They need to improve at the back if they are going to challenge for the title.”

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Mwijuka Johnson 2018-08-03 22:40:11

For us we just need wins