According to reports in France Geoffrey Kondogbia is no longer owned by Sevilla but a third party.
Essentially the story broke after the French youth international himself made it clear he refused to rule out an exit from the La Liga outfit this summer:
"I have four years left of my contract, but you never know. My goal is to finish the season and continue at Sevilla.’’
There are certainly contradictions in his answer; following up his early vagueness with a specific desire to continue with his current club.
But according to reports coming out of France today it would seem that the 20-year-old is certainly taking the first steps toward an exit; in a rather confusing tale of part-ownership from the continent.
When Sevilla signed Kondogbia from RC Lens last summer they did so with the help of the sports branch of multi-investment company the Doyen Group. Doyen put €1.5 million into the deal and acquired equal 50-50 rights to the player.
The company is headquartered in London and Istanbul and has interests across many fields including mining, real estate and sport.
Kondogbia is no flash in the pan for them; the likes of Steven Defour, Eliaquim Mangala and Ola John have all also been involved in deals that incorporated Doyen’s investment and involvement. They have even acted as shirt sponsors for the likes of Getafe and Sporting Gijon.
But what does this mean for Chelsea and City; as well as Arsenal who have also been credited with an interest.
Well according to Le10 Sport Doyen Sport have now purchased the other 50% of the players rights; essentially meaning Sevilla no longer own the player.
What that means is the player has the opportunity to choose his next destination without the interference of his current club Sevilla; who have a reputation for being difficult negotiators.
Chelsea and City will have a challenge beating Real Madrid to his signature however. He has previously spoke of his love for Los Merengues and that may be the more likelier destination considering the complications of this deal are the sort of dealings English teams try to steer away from.
But the battle lines have certainly been moved in the pursuit of this highly rated midfield strongman.
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