Spanish champions Barcelona are weighing up a move for Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, reports the Daily Mirror.
The former Stoke City man has caught the eye during his time at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and Barca would like him to provide back up for Sergio Busquets.
However, the Catalans look as though they’ve got their work cut out bringing the Frenchman to the Camp Nou, with Sevilla president Jose Castro adamant the 27-year-old is not leaving.
“I wouldn’t sell N’Zonzi for any money in the world,” he said.
“He is very good and we’re working on his new contract. We hope to be able to announce it very soon.”
If the towering midfielder doesn’t sign on the dotted line in Seville, he would be almost certain to depart the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in the next year. His contract expires in 2019 and he is looking for a wage that befits his performance level under Unai Emery and now Jorge Sampaoli.
“Players ask for a lot of money,” added Castro, “but we will give the players what they deserve.”
Sevilla remain confident of holding onto their star, but there remains some hope in Catalunya that the 27-year-old might complete one of the more unlikely footballing journeys – Blackburn to Barcelona.
Although with the success of some other former Rovers elsewhere, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised.