Arsenal to rival Chelsea and United moves for Kondogbia

Arsenal frustrating attempts to add to their squad before the new season come be coming to an end.

Sources close to report that The Gunners are still in the hunt for a number of top stars with the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Luis Suarez and Luiz Gustavo on Arsene Wenger’s radar.

However in keeping with the French man’s modus operandi Wenger is hoping to beat Chelsea to the signature of highly rated Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

The Arsenal boss wants to add some steel to his midfield and is an admirer of the 20 year old French star.

Seville has already lost a number of players this summer with the likes Jesus Navas, Luis Alberto, Alvaro Negredo, Antonio Luna, Emir Saphic, Alexis, Gary Medel and Jose Campana all leaving the club and Kondogbia would be the latest star to depart.

Despite the financial uncertainty that prompted the summer sale, the La Liga side are loathe to lose one of Europe’s rising stars although it would appear that the club will do business for the right price.

That price would be appear to be €20 million with club president Jose Maria del Nido insisting that he does not want to sell the player “Kondogbia is not on the market,” del Nido said.

Before adding “But whoever wants him has to pay his 20m euros clause. “But please, any team that tries to sign him – don’t. We will consider it an attack.”

Wenger has the funds available to meet that clause and despite del Nido’s fighting talk Seville manager Unai Emery is reportedly resigned to losing the battling midfielder.

‘We want him to stay here but there are circumstances that could lead to an exit,’ Emery told Spanish newspaper Marca.

Kondogbia has been capped at youth level for the French national team but has yet to appear for the senior side. The former Lens star only move to Spain last summer but impressed scoring 1 goal in 31 La Liga helping the club to 9th place in the standings.

Manchester United and Real Madrid are also keen on the player but the player will only move to a club where he is guaranteed regular football.

“At the moment, I’m still a Sevilla player, although things can change,” he said.

“If I leave, then it will be to join a club where I’m given playing time.”

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.