€10m Arsenal and Manchester City target gets his first international call-up

Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has been called up to the French senior squad for the first time.

This summer Sevilla have been one of the big players in the European transfer market - especially when it comes to players leaving the club.

Big names such as Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo have both moved on from the Sanchez Pizjuan this summer, as the club stabilise their wage budget after a year of tumultuous financial scrutiny.

And the selling may not end there - central midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has also been linked with an exit from the club.

The youngster was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer. In the end Real went Spanish, with Asier Illarramendi of Real Sociedad.

So the race for Kondogbia took a twist - and waiting on the other side were Premier League clubs.

Arsenal were strongly linked with the player in July while interest from Chelsea and Manchester City has always lingered around the corner.

But now Sevilla might have cause to up his asking price even more.

Kondogbia was one of the stars of a France Under-20 side that were crowned World Champions this summer - playing alongside Yaya Sanogo of Arsenal fame.

And it appears that his performances in that tournament have earned him a place amongst the elite of French football.

This week he was named in the senior France squad alongside the likes of Olivier Giroud, Hugo Lloris and Patrice Evra for next week’s friendly tie with Belgium, in Brussels.

With that extra plaudit comes a likely increase in his asking price, but should also have teams scrambling for his signature.

Last week Sevilla admitted they could still sell Kondogbia this summer. Essentially that means a talented, 20-year-old, French international could now be available for transfer:

‘’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’’ were the words of Sevilla coach Unai Emery.

It is also reported that the player has a release clause of just €10 million (£8.7 million) in his current Sevilla contract.

With all that in mind you have to ask yourself … why has nobody signed him yet?

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