Steven N’Zonzi turned down a £25m move to Premier League champions Leicester before last Wednesday’s transfer deadline, according to the Daily Star.
The report suggests the midfielder decided to remain in Spain with Sevilla after he learned he would not be eligible to play for Sam Allardyce’s England.
French-born N’Zonzi wasn’t the only Seviila midfielder to see a proposed move to the Premier League collapse.
While he was in talks with champions Leicester, Vicente Iborra, 28, thought he was on his way to Sunderland for £7 million.
But Sevilla pulled the plug on that deal, seemingly because they thought they were going to lose N’Zonzi.
Then the Europa League winners further strengthened their midfield department with the loan signing of Manchester City’s Samir Nasri, 29.