3rd signing: Arsenal cleared to complete deal for France star after club agree to sell despite star at World Cup

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Steven N’zonzi has reportedly edged closer to a switch to Arsenal after Sevilla identified a replacement for the midfielder.

The former Stoke star has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with Arsenal said to be interested.

Nzonzi swapped England for Spain in 2015 and has been one of Sevilla’s stand-out performers in the last three years.

Spanish outlet AS claim new Arsenal boss Unai Emery has already asked about the possibility of a transfer, and the La Liga side expect Nzonzi to exit this summer.

Nzonzi is currently on international duty with France at the World Cup in Russia, but Sevilla are ready to move to replace the 29-year-old.

Sevilla want to sign Real Madrid’s Marcos Llorente who broke into the Spanish side’s first-team squad last season.

It would need to a significant offer to convince Real to part with Llorente, but the 23-year-old may be tempted to ask to leave after playing just 541 minutes in the league last campaign.

And, the five-time Europa League winners are prepared to spend big on Llorente considering the young defensive midfielder’s potential.

Sevilla are braced for offers for Nzonzi and have slapped a £35million asking price on his head.

Emery worked with Nzonzi when he was Sevilla boss and the pair won the Europa League together.

The Gunners chief holds Nzonzi in high regard and Arsenal fans have been calling out for a player capable of providing solid cover for their back four.

Nzonzi has yet to play a minute in the World Cup, but it is unlikely any move away from Sevilla will materialize until after the tournament.

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