Manchester United hoping to beat Chelsea to Kondogbia signing

Manchester United are hoping to beat Chelsea to the signing of Seville midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

The 20 year old is rated as one of Europe’s best midfielders and has been compared to former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira.

A defensive midfielder, Kondogbia has been capped at all levels with the French national team and made his name with Lens before moving to Spain in a £2.5 million deal last summer.

According to local newspaper Diario de Sevilla a deal for Kondogbia is believed to be at an advanced stage with the fee believed to be around the £15 million pound mark.

Real Madrid, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs are keen on the player but so far only Manchester United are willing to meet the asking price.

Moyes is keen to bolster his midfielder options but is happy to wait to get his man and that could work in United’s favour. The club are believed to readying an offer that would see them pay £8 million up front with the player continuing his development in La Liga with Seville.

That could tempt the financially stricken side who have already lost a number of key players this summer with Jesus Navas moving to Manchester City for £17 million and Luis Alberto joining Liverpool for a reported £7 million.

Moyes has also set his sights on Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara while PSV star Kevin Strootman is keen to seal a move to the Premier League.

Alcantara was one of the stars of the recent U21 European Championship and depending on what reports you read is either bound for Old Trafford or close to a new deal with the La Liga Champions.

The 22 year old has a reported £15.4 million buyout in his clause and is believed to be disillusioned with life at the Nou Camp as he struggles of dislodge Xavi, Iniesta and Cesc from the first team.

Strootman meanwhile was part of the Dutch U21 side that reached the semi final of the Championship in Israel despite having three years left on his contract is hoping to seal a move to England.

Manchester United are long term admirers of the 22 year old and would set Moyes back £20 million.

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.