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Arsenal have been told that they must activate Steven N’Zonzi’s €40 million (£35m) release clause if they want to sign the midfielder from Sevilla this summer.
Unai Emery is reportedly in the market for a new central midfielder and has been linked with Nice’s Jean-Michael Seri and Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini, who would be available on a free transfer.
But reports have claimed that Emery is a huge admirer of N’Zonzi having managed him for one season at Sevilla and is keen to bring the France international to Arsenal.
But Sevilla’s new director of football Joaquin Caparros insists they will not entertain offers which are lower than the 29-year-old’s release clause.
Asked if he has been in contact with Emery, Caparros told Cadena SER: ‘Well, as a successful man, Unai Emery knows what line the club keeps.
‘If he wants N’Zonzi, he will have to call and put the bid in. ‘And the bid is the clause, if you put that bid, then there are no more negotiations.’