Italian side AS Roma are set to land Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi amidst rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal this summer. According to Calciomercato, the Spanish side are close to accepting a €25m bid for the French midfielder, who is now a World Cup winner with France.
This recent development will be a big blow for the Gunners as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season. However, with just weeks left before the transfer window slams shut, they will have to move quickly, to try and find an alternative this summer. Let’s take a look at three such options for Unai Emery to consider in this post-season.
Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht):
The 23-year-old midfield dazzler is currently playing for RSC Anderlecht and had put in some magnificent performances for the Belgian giants during the course of the last campaign. He played a part in 44 matches for the Belgian outfit last season across all competitions and has one goal and three assists to his name.
Dendoncker has incredible potential and could turn out to be a real asset under Unai Emery if given the opportunity to make a switch to the Emirates Stadium. He is also versatile and can play in a number of different positions in central midfield as well as in the middle of the defence, which makes him a perfect fit for the Gunners.
Marco Verratti (PSG):
The Italian international has been a solid presence in the Paris Saint-Germain midfield over the past few campaigns and was a first-team regular for the French giants last season. The 25-year-old had made 38 appearances for PSG last term, registering 2 goals while grabbing 7 assists across all competitions.
Although Verratti’s reputation has been built on his defensive talents, he also has a knack for scoring and setting up goals which make him a perfect fit for Emery’s Arsenal. Verratti will be an ideal asset under the Spanish manager’s guidance if he can convince the PSG star to make a move to North London in the near future.
Saúl Ñíguez (Atletico Madrid):
The Atletico Madrid star has enjoyed an impressive campaign last season and has put in some awe-inspiring performances for the La Liga club over the past few years. The Spanish midfield enforcer has played in 53 matches for the Madrid giants and has found the back of the net six times while providing five assists across all competitions. At 23, Niguez still has his prime years ahead of him which Emery’s team could look to benefit from, in the next few seasons.