Arsenal’s search for a holding midfielder has led them on to the path of Sevilla’s Geoffrey Kondogbia.
The French youngster has attracted interest from across Europe with Premier League rivals Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United also watching his movements. Real Madrid and AC Milan are also interested.
The player is believed to have a release clause of £8.5 million, a relatively low price in the modern day transfer market. The Gunners have scouting for possible midfield anchors and Kondogbia has alerted the Arsenal staff.
He impressed in the FIFA U20 World Cup, along with Arsenal signing Yaya Sanogo, as they both led Les Bleus to victory, and the Gunners hope the fact they have Sanogo can act as bait to lure the player to the Emirates.
The player is highly-rated at Sevilla but his release clause means his future is out of the club’s hands.
“We want him to stay here but there are circumstances that could lead to an exit.”
“We will not make any movement to sell. There is no need to sell and we all know that in the club.”
Kondogbia also spoke out about his future, suggesting a move this summer may be too early.
“I am flattered to be linked with Real Madrid. They are a top club, but Sevilla are fantastic for me at the moment.”
“Chelsea are also a great team with a great manager, so let’s wait and see what will happen after the World Cup.”
Sevilla have admitted to rejecting an offer for the player already but will be in a situation where they can do nothing if a bid matches the release clause.
“We have rejected an offer for Kondogbia – the bid was not sufficient. Our idea is that he continues growing at Sevilla, just like he did last year. But there is a release clause that says if we have a written offer of £8.5 million, we must accept it and he can go.”