By Jack Malone

Sevilla star Steven N’Zonzi is attracting interest from La Liga champions Barcelona, according to Goal.

The central midfielder, who played for Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City in the Premier League before moving to Spain, joined the Europa League holders in 2015 for a fee of around £7 million.

It is reported that the Catalan club would use N’Zonzi as a back-up for Sergio Busquets next season, but would have to meet Sevilla’s €30 million buy-out clause.

The 27-year-old initially struggled to adapt to life in the south of Spain, with the intense heat and more technical playing style providing a vast contrast to the Premier League.

However, he enjoyed a successful second half of the 2015-16 campaign, culminating in an unprecedented third consecutive Europa League win for the Andalusians.

Under new coach Jorge Sampaoli, N’Zonzi has raised his game once more to become the lynchpin of the Sevilla side.

They currently lie third in the table, only a point behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

N’Zonzi is now the anchor of the midfield, often dropping between the centre-halves and allowing the two full-backs to push on into the opponents’ half.

His discipline in that role makes him an obvious choice for the likes of Barcelona, who need a defensive-minded midfielder to sit deep and give those in front of them license to roam.

If he made the move to Camp Nou, it would signal a remarkable rise for the man who was relegated with Blackburn only four years ago.


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