Arsenal and Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur are interested in landing Steven Nzonzi when the transfer market reopens this summer transfer window, according to the latest reports.
Nzonzi, the versatile midfielder, currently plays for Italian giants AS Roma having joined the Rome-based outfit from Sevilla the previous summer, shortly after the midfielder won the World Cup with France.
Steven has since played 28 times for Giallorossi, but the one-time Stoke and Blackburn player could be sold at the end of the campaign with AS Roma chiefs planning to rejuvenate their playing roster.
And, according to an Italian website Calciomercatonews.com, Gunners and Spurs are keen on Steven, who turned 30 a couple of months ago. Emery’s side wanted to sign him last summer but were reluctant to pay his exit clause.
Arsenal are being pushed as a possible destination as Monchi, AS Roma’s sporting director is being connected with taking up the same position at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners reportedly want to hire the 50-year-old chief, who brought Nzonzi to Italy after previously landing him for Unai Emery’s former side Sevilla while in charge of the Spanish club’s transfers.
Nzonzi is likely viewed by Gunners chiefs as a replacement for Wales international Aaron Ramsey, who will leave north London heavyweights at the end of the term to join Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus on a free transfer.
Tottenham Hotspur are similarly seeking reinforcements in the midfield having sold Belgian star Mousa Dembele to Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Guoan in the January transfer window.