Have Monaco moved on from £17m Arsenal and Chelsea target?

Monaco are now said to be chasing Josuah Guilavogui of St Etienne, does this mean the chase for Geoffrey Kondogbia is no more?

AS Monaco have been signing plenty of players this summer, but despite the arrival of both Jeremy Toulalan and Joao Moutinho at the club, they are still keen to bring in an extra central midfielder.

The club originally planned to have Nampalys Mendy as the future holding midfield star at the club, but he left this summer to join OCG Nice - reportedly unhappy at the clubs new spending strategy.

So with the ‘next Claude Makelele’ deciding to leave it left Monaco searching for one more player to play in their holding midfield role.

Monaco are now turning their attention to French players - in order to try and quell discontent at their current buying tactics. With this in mind, the club was always likely to be linked to one of the country’s brightest midfield talents.

Geoffrey Kondogbia burst through the ranks at Sevilla last season, playing 31 times and catching the eye of several big clubs this summer.

In the Premier League, the two teams most frequently mentioned to be holding a vested interest in his services are Arsenal and Chelsea - with Manchester City and Manchester United also linked.

In some respects you have to wonder why on earth neither club have just signed him by now.

The talented 20-year-old has a release clause in his current contract believed to be in the region of £17 million (although other reports have claimed it is much less than that.)

But his joint ownership issues were always likely to put off Premier League interest, with 50% of his rights owned by the Doyen Group (a complicated arrangement that needs an entirely different article devoted to it).

Regardless, if any of these teams were interested the Monaco interest might have just killed any hope, considering the vast expanse of finances on offer at the principality.

But, according to some reports in France , they have already moved on from Kondogbia.

They offered £13 million for the player, which did not meet his release clause, and are not prepared to go any higher for Kondogbia - who made his senior France debut earlier this month.

They are now said to be keen on St Etienne midfielder Josuha Guilavogui, himself a recent inductee to the French senior set-up.

So if Arsenal or Chelsea want to sign Kondogbia, it appears that Monaco are no longer a threat.

Which is good news, because as their signings of Falcao, Moutinho and Rodriguez proves, Monaco are quite a threat indeed.

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