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Steven Nkemboanza Mike Chris Nzonzi | Midfielder | #15

Team: Stoke City
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/15/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 165

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Leicester City, looking to buy ahead of a potential N'golo Kanté departure, have inquired after former Potter N'zonzi.
Sevilla are unlikely to want to sell after winning their third straight Europa League and readying themselves for the Champions League next season. Kanté has said he's "happy" at the King Power Stadium but rumors have Arsenal and PSG chasing his signature. Sun, May 29, 2016 09:40:00 AM

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Stoke City have confirmed via their official Twitter feed that Steven N'Zonzi has left the club for Sevilla.

The holding midfield role becomes something of a hole in the Stoke City squad for the moment with N'Zonzi leaving. They are rumored to be bringing in Sergio Molina but he is young and relatively untested despite a strong pedigree. It seems like it would make sense to bring in a veteran to provide depth and ease the transition until Molina has proven that he's ready to start in the Premier League every day.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 02:43:00 PM

Stoke City have agreed on a £7million fee that will see the holding midfielder move from the Premier League to the two-time defending Europa League champions.

With Champions League football their reward for winning last season's Europa League, Sevilla have the financial firepower to invest in their squad. N'Zonzi represents exactly the right sort of investment. Not too expensive. Young enough to still have some improvement ahead of him but accomplished enough to be expected to start immediately. Personal terms are still pending but this deal looks like it is essentially done. Stoke City are rumored to be close to landing N'Zonzi's long term replacement in the form of Real Madrid product Sergio Molina.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 02:36:00 PM

Stoke City are reportedly in talks to bring Real Madrid defensive midfielder Sergio Molina to the Potteries.

ESPNFC is reporting that Mark Hughes and company are in talks with Real Madrid to bring youth product Molina to the Britannia. With rumors persisting that Steven N'Zonzi is looking to leave, recruiting a new holding player to shield the back four and anchor the midfield is among the Potters' top priorities this summer. In Molina, Hughes would be bringing in another highly rated youngster from La Liga who seems unlikely to break into the first team at the club that developed him. Not a bad strategy if you can continue to convince kids from Barcelona and Madrid to come live in Stoke.
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 10:55:00 AM

According to reports in France are linking Stoke City's midfield anchor with potential moves to Arsenal, Liverpool, and Spurs plus vague intimations of interest from the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A.

N'Zonzi isn't a player who gets the pulse racing even by the standards of holding midfielders but he has been incredibly effective as he has continued to mature at the Britannia. Any of the Premier League clubs linked would do well to have N'Zonzi in the squad although the extent to which he might start would vary by club. Stoke City would do well to start shopping for a replacement so that they aren't held hostage after selling N'Zonzi. Even if he doesn't leave this summer, it is one position where the Potters aren't very deep and it would be a good idea to start grooming N'Zonzi's replacement quickly rather than waiting until he's gone.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 09:07:00 AM

Steven Nzonzi isn't a goal-scorer but he got his second of the season as Stoke City routed Tottenham 3-0 at the Britannia on Saturday.

Nzonzi has quietly been establishing himself as a well-above-average holding midfielder in the Premier League. Entering the prime of his career, Nzonzi has been at the center of a lot of good things for Stoke City this season. His is not a glamorous name in the transfer rumor mill but it wouldn't be crazy to see him considered as a potential replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin at Southampton (if Harrison Reed isn't deemed ready) or alternative to him for a club like Spurs who fails to land the Frenchman.
Thu, May 14, 2015 10:21:00 AM

Mark Hughes admitted that his Stoke City side were second best during Sundays’ defeat at the Emirates as their poor run against Arsenal away from the Britannia continued.

The Gunners’ looked sharp from the off and had Asmir Begovic to thank for a number of early important saves, but the Bosnian goalkeeper was helpless to stop a Laurent Koscielny header and a precise Alexis Sanchez shot during a rampant first half display by the home side. With Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Oxlade-Chamberlain all impressing and Sanchez running the show few were surprised to see the Potters’ make a double substitution at the break – however Hughes revealed post-match that far from being a tactical move both Erik Pieters and Steven N’Zonzi were replaced after feeling slight groin strains – the pair will be assessed over the next 24/48 hours when hopefully the injuries will have settled a bit.
Source: HITC Sport
Sun, Jan 11, 2015 05:22:00 PM

Steven Nzonzi scored a brilliant goal past David De Gea to temporarily level the score at Old Trafford but it wasn't to be as Juan Mata made the difference in the 2-1 loss for the Potters.

Stoke City were game opposition at times at Old Trafford on Tuesday but they just didn't have quite enough to squeeze out even a point on their travels. Bojan played another solid match and it was his dribbling move that was cleared out to Steven Nzonzi who struck it wonderfully for his goal. Second half opportunities were few and far between until stoppage time when Mame Biram Diouf (twice) and Marc Wilson had big chances repelled by David De Gea (twice) and Ashley Young.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 04:37:00 PM

Arsenal and Chelsea are the latest clubs to be linked to Stoke's want-away French midfielder, Steven Nzonzi.

Nzonzi handed in a transfer request after a good season for the Potters. West Ham and Norwich were interested, but Nzonzi wants to move to bigger club to enhance his international prospects (such as they are). He certainly has the physical attributes to attract Chelsea and Arsenal, but it remains to be seen if he can make the step up in quality.
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Stoke City could be preparing a bid of up to 10 million pounds for Celtic's Victor Wanyama.

Wanyama could be a ready-made replacement (an upgrade even) for want-away midfielder Steven Nzonzi. Arsenal is another club that has expressed an interest in Wanyama, and the Emirates would certainly be a more glamorous destination for the Kenyan star.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 11:30:00 PM

"I can confirm that we have received a written transfer request from Steven Nzonzi." announced Stoke chairman Peter Coates. Nzonzi feels that he needs to move in order to boost his international chances.

Nzonzi was one of the few Stoke players to emerge from the season with much credit, and there will be clubs interested in signing him. Whether any of those clubs will be of a level that Nzonzi clearly expects (West Ham and Norwich are rumoured admirers) is another matter entirely.
Fri, May 31, 2013 06:21:00 PM