Arsenal to face French fight for Kondogbia
Arsene Wenger is no stranger in signing promising young players who have previously impressed on the continent for reputable sides.
Having successfully guided the likes of Robin Van Persie and Cesc Fabregas into world class players, Wenger has now turned his sights to promising Sevilla star Geoffrey Kondogbia in his quest for the next star.
Kondogbia has forced his way into the Sevilla line-up and is now a regular in La Liga as well as being a member of the French international side.
It’s thought that Arsenal are now readying a £13 million bid for the 20 year old midfielder in a bid to boost the team’s midfield weaknesses.
But it’s going to be anything but easy for Arsenal with their being strong interest in France from several top teams eager to bring the young star back to Ligue 1.
Monaco are emerging as one of the favourites to sign Kondogbia as the well-backed club are also offering £13m for the player and are rumoured to have agreed a fee with Sevilla.
Italian champions Juventus are also thought to be looking into the player after he impressed in France’s friendly with Belgium last week and are preparing to make a £17m bid for the player.
Sevilla have remonstrated that Kondogbia is not for sale although he does have a clause in his contract forcing bids of £17m or higher to be accepted.
The fuss around the player is a big step up since he made his professional debut in France 3 years ago for Lens.
Kondogbia spent 2 years at the Stade Felix Bolaert and made 34 appearances for his home club before Sevilla swooped last season and signed the player for an undisclosed fee.
He then became a regular member of the Sevilla squad last season making 31 appearances for the Spanish side and scoring 1 goal throughout the last campaign.
Having showed what he can do, the 20 year old midfielder has worked his way into the French national squad making his debut in last week’s 0-0 friendly against Belgium.
With all these achievements being made at a young age, Kondogbia ticks all the boxes that Arsene Wenger looks for when signing top players.
The Gunners boss will now need to spend the money the club actually has to ensure that they can at least land one major signing before the transfer window closes on September 2.