According to AS, Sevilla want £31m for reported Tottenham Hotspur target Steven N’Zonzi in this summer’s transfer window.
Speculation linking N’Zonzi with a move away from Sevilla has gathered pace since the end of last season, although the midfielder’s future is currently on hold whilst he represents France at the 2018 World Cup.
Les Bleus have made the semi-finals of this summer’s competition, and will take on Belgium on Tuesday night for the right to play in this weekend’s final.
N’Zonzi’s future is expected to be determined later this month, with Arsenal believed to lead the Premier League interest.
Tottenham have also been linked with a move, however, and according to AS, Sevilla are holding out for £31m, which is £5m less than the midfielder’s release clause.
Spurs will be in the market for a new central midfielder if, as expected, Mousa Dembele moves on this summer, and N’Zonzi could be the perfect replacement for the Belgium international.
It would be wrong to compare N’Zonzi with Dembele as the two are very different players, but the Sevilla midfielder has the credentials to easily slot into the Spurs team.
The 29-year-old has made more than 130 appearances for Sevilla over the last three seasons, but made just shy of 200 Premier League appearances for Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City in the English game between 2009 and 2015.
Standing at 6ft 6in, N’Zonzi, who is valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, is an absolute giant of a man, but also possesses an impressive range of passing, and boasts leadership qualities.
There would be absolutely no concerns as to whether the Frenchman would be able to adapt to Premier League football, meanwhile, and it would certainly be a signal of intent if Tottenham managed to beat bitter rivals Arsenal to his signature this summer.