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Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Linked With £6m Bid For Midfielder
Arsenal will make an opening bid of £6m for Blackburn midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, if reports in the Mirror are to be believed.
The report claims that Arsene Wenger is keen to strengthen his squad this summer and add to the signing of Lukas Podolski. Midfield is believed to be an area of concern for Wenger and N’Zonzi is on a three-man wish-list that also includes Javi Martinez of Athletic Bilbao, and Rennes’ Yann M’Vila.
Both Martinez and M’Vila would cost a lot more than N’Zonzi, and the Mirror say that the Gunners have already made enquiries to Rovers regarding the giant midfielder. The 23-year-old impressed for Blackburn last season, despite their relegation from the Premier League, and his power and physical presence is understood to appeal to Wenger.
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The French under 21 international has three years remaining on his contract but is keen for a move back to the Premier League and Arsenal are ready to test Rovers resolve with a £6m bid.
At 6ft 4 inches, there is no doubt N’Zonzi would add a presence to Arsenal’s midfield that many say has been lacking in recent years and there will be the obvious comparisons made with Patrick Vieira, should he move to the Emirates.
I’d be a little underwhelmed if we got N’Zonzi after being strongly linked with the likes of M’Vila and Martinez, but who would be surprised if Arsene turned his attention away from those expensive targets in favour of the more economically friendly N’Zonzi?
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