Spanish giants Barcelona are eyeing a summer transfer swoop for France and Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi.
Catalan based publication Mundo Deportivo is reporting that Barca is considering a swoop for Nzonzi who was part of France’s World Cup winning squad in Russia this summer.
Used mainly as a sub during Les Blues run to a World Cup Final victory, the tall defensive midfielders stock has risen considerably with his value skyrocketing.
Sevilla has placed a €40m price-tag on the former Blackburn Rovers players head and will not budge on the price.
Barcelona recently dropped out of the race to sign Nzonzi’s fellow countryman Adrien Rabiot as a holding midfielder due to a huge price-tag and PSG unwilling to do a deal until the last weekend of the transfer window.
The Blaugrana have now switched their attention to Nzonzi who has plenty of experience playing in La Liga and international experience.
The 29-year-old joined Sevilla in 2015 for a bargain fee of £3m from English side Stoke City. Since his move to La Liga, he has gone onto making a total of 90 appearances, scoring six goals.
It was rumoured that his former Sevilla boss Unai Emery was also interested in taking the player back to the Premier League with Arsenal. However, his £40m price-tag has scared off the Gunners who will need to sell in order to buy again this summer.
If he does make the move across to the Nou Camp then he will become the second player this summer to do so after fellow countryman Clement Lenglet signed for Barcelona last month for €36m.
With pre-season already underway and French national team players set to return back to their respected clubs, Barcelona will be hoping to get this deal done sooner rather than later.