Manchester City have been keen on Geoffrey Kondogbia for months, with the club's scout Rob Newman reported to have told the club he had found the long-term replacement for Yaya Toure.
The hype surrounding the Sevilla midfielder suggests that he can be 'that good', at only 20-years-old he is one of the star players in the Spanish club's line-up.
With Yaya Toure recently committing himself to City there is no sense of urgency for the now deposed champions to try to get their man this summer, but Sevilla's financial position means he is unlikely to head around, so the club could just move to ensure nobody else gets him.
The talk this morning was that Arsenal are interested, after Arsene Wenger was coerced into commenting on the Frenchman by The Sun newspaper: "I don’t really want to talk about Kondogbia too much because everyone’s after him at the moment. When you ask ‘Are you also interested?’ what do you expect me to say?"
Wenger's comments have truth to them, Arsenal and City are not the only ones in the hunt, the biggest threat comes from none other than Real Madrid.
And supporters of either Premier League club may begin to write off their chances at this point, at what Kondogbia himself had to say:
"A preference? Real Madrid has been a dream of mine since I was a kid".
"It's always a pleasure to be scouted and wanted by clubs. Real Madrid? It makes me dream, but it's just a rumour right now. I could play the Champions League with these teams."
Kondogbia has been touted as a realistic target for Madrid by the Spanish press over the past few weeks, who have seen his countryman Paul Pogba, the same age, have no trouble at a club with the demands of Juventus and hope he can have the same effect.
If Arsenal do have any chance of signing him, from his comments it appears Champions League qualification will be essential.
For City, they may want to take advantage of their relative security in that respect and move for him now if they are serious about acquiring his services.
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