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Arsenal target admired by Wenger being 'offered around Europe' for €15 million

Geoffrey Kondogbia, a reported target for Arsenal, is being hawked around Europe in an attempt to find a buyer.

Just under a month ago Sky Sports reported that 'Arsenal are lining up a move for Geoffrey Kondogbia' - Sevilla's defensive midfield powerhouse.

In following with the Gunners' transfer window so far, no bid materialised and the club remain in search of a midfield addition.

Kondogbia himself remains at Sevilla, but for how much longer is uncertain.

While Sevilla have already cashed in on Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas to Manchester City, alleviating any financial concerns they were reported to be having, a third party is pushing a deal.

Kondogbia's rights are 50 per cent owned by a third party, the Doyen Investment Fund, who are keen to see a return on a player Sevilla signed from Lens for just £3.5 million last summer.

His stock is high, having been a target for Real Madrid before they signed Asier Illarramendi, and was a star of the French under-20 World Cup winning side earlier this summer, where he played alongside new Arsenal signing Yaya Sanogo.

Spanish newspaper AS report that while Sevilla want the player to stay, his third party owners are actively pushing a sale.

"The idea of the club is to stay, but the Doyen investment fund, which owns 50% of the rights, has priced (him) at 15 million and it is offering (him to) the entire continent."

This means any club interested will want to make their move promptly, as there could be quite a competition for his signature.

Third party ownership is soon to be outlawed by UEFA, and Kondogbia's part owners clearly want to cash in, so the arrangement should not be overly complicated for a buying club to attain 100 per cent of his rights, providing Sevilla can be convinced to play ball too.

In April Arsene Wenger was quizzed about him, and responded: "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?"

Well with 'everybody else' about to be offered the player's services, now may be the time to act on his admiration and give the club a timely boost heading into the new season.

image: © Julien Haler

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