One of the fastest rising midfield stars in France, Geoffrey Kondogbia will be taking his talents to Italy. Did the Gunners mess up royally on this miss?
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Monaco prized midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has passed on the Premier League and has signed with Serie A’s Inter Milan on a £25 million deal.
According to the Independent, the 22-year-old French midfielder – who had been linked to both Arsenal and Manchester City – has agreed to the deal that would pay him around £2.8m per year subject to a successful physical with Inter Milan.
Kondogbia made 35 appearances for Monaco in two seasons with the Ligue 1 club after joining out of Seville in 2013. The French star was a key player in Monaco’s Champions League quarter-finals run last season.
The move could prove to be a further blow to Arsenal since Monaco will reportedly now turn their attention to Sporting Lisbon’s Williams Carvalho as a replacement – Carvalho was reportedly a £28.5m bidding target for the Gunners. With a £37 million release clause in his contract, Wenger would have to move a lot faster and potentially offer more money than Monaco to secure his services.
The Independent posted this photo of Kondogbia putting pen-to-paper: