According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma is nearing completion of a deal for Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi that would cost the Italian club around $34 million.
The total cost is just shy of the $40 million release clause in Nzonzi’s contract, but with Nzonzi set to turn 30 in December and his Sevilla contract set to run out in 2020, this is likely the last year Sevilla would have any leverage to entertain a significant transfer fee.
The 29-year-old was a member of France’s 2018 World Cup winning squad, making five appearances in Russia. He has nine caps overall for the national team.
Roma makes sense as a landing spot for Nzonzi. With Radja Nainggolan sold this summer to Inter and Daniele de Rossi now 35 years old, 29-year-old Maxime Gonalons is the only other defensive midfielder on the roster. Nzonzi had a fantastic season with Sevilla last campaign, earning him a spot on France’s World Cup roster behind N'Golo Kante.
On Sunday, Sevilla sporting director confirmed that Nzonzi wants to leave the club, but said a suitor must submit a “significant offer” for him to be sold.