Barcelona target Nzonzi demands Sevilla exit as speculation grows

Steven N’Zonzi has made it clear to Sevilla that he wants to be sold, club director of football Joaquin Caparros has confirmed, as he continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona and Serie A outfit AS Roma.

N’Zonzi joined Sevilla from Stoke City in 2015 and has gone on to establish himself as a mainstay in the heart of the club’s midfield, and was a member of France’s World Cup winning squad this summer in Russia.

N’Zonzi was strongly linked with a return to the Premier League last year, particularly to Arsenal where his former boss Unai Emery is now in charge, as reports suggested he wanted to go back to England to be closer to his son in London, though no move materialised.

“N’Zonzi wants to leave, but he is aware that he has a two-year contract with us,” Caparros told Cadena SER.

“I talked to him, I have a good relationship with the player, even during the World Cup we have been in contact and we have not talked about Roma.

“Eventually he can go away, but it is also true that we have told him that he has two years of contract.

“He has become an international and had the chance to be a [world] champion, successes that have arrived for him while at Sevilla.

“He has a clause [€35m]. If in the end someone will come to ask for the player, that someone knows that there is a clause, or they will have to make an offer that is very close to it. N’Zonzi knows what we want from him.

“He is a footballer who is on the market and knows that he has to bring us an interesting offer for us to look at it, and if he doesn’t, then he has two years of contract left.”

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