According to Foot Mercato, Arsenal remain interested in French midfielder Steven Nzonzi.
Even despite it being a new year, the Gunners continue to be linked with the now 32-year-old, with the Frenchman having attracted interest from the Premier League giants even when the likes of Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery were in charge.
Now, French publication Foot Mercato claim that Mikel Arteta’s side are still keen on the veteran ace, who now plays for Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes, but is on loan from AS Roma.
The report adds that discussions with the Italian side are set to commence over the termination of Nzonzi’s contract, and that Arsenal could face competition from both Rennes and Everton.
The Independent claimed that when Nzonzi was at Sevilla, Emery “could be the man to push through a deal” having worked with him previously whilst he was in Spain. The Athletic added that, instead of signing Lucas Torreira, the former Gunners boss wanted the north London side to snap up the Frenchman.
Whilst a couple of years have passed by since Arsenal last wanted the £95k-a-week ace, if he could be signed on a cut-price deal, even at 32, could give the Gunners some extra power and dynamism to go with summer signing Thomas Partey.
Described as a “beast” by former AS Roma owner, James Pallotta, Nzonzi has been an integral part of Rennes’ side this season, making 22 appearances, including featuring in five of their six games in the Champions League group stages.
If you compare him to Granit Xhaka, then Nzonzi favours far better. He averages a whopping 93.6 touches per game, makes 0.4 key passes and wins 4.6 total duels per match too. In contrast, the Gunners man averages 69.7 touches, 0.1 key passes and four duels won per match respectively.
Arsenal could land a bargain by bringing the towering Frenchman to the Emirates.