Last summer, Arsenal were linked with a move for Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.
The then-20-year-old had impressed with a series of fine displays in La Liga, to such an extent that the Gunners were reportedly joined in the queue for his services by the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
But in the end, it was Monaco who got the man with a reported release-clause of €20million, and after an underwhelming start Kondogbia began to show what he could do in Ligue 1.
But recent reports have suggested the French side could move for another defensive midfielder this summer – scuppering United’s apparent intentions in the process.
William Carvalho is the name on many football fans’ lips at the moment, after a string of amazing displays for Sporting Lisbon. But the Mirror picked up on reports from France last week that Monaco wanted the Portuguese international.
So far, so very convoluted; but if Claudio Ranieri’s side do manage to sign William, there will be question marks over the future of Kondogbia just a year into his contract.
The Sporting midfielder is one of the best in Europe in his position, and if Monaco’s spending power could tempt another big talent to the club, Arsenal would be wise to test the water for Kondogbia, who would considerably improve a Gunners side in need of reinforcements regardless of what the rest of this season has in store for them.
It may be a lot of ifs, buts and maybes at the moment, but so much of football is just that.
And Arsene Wenger should be keeping a close eye on who Monaco sign this summer, just in case the man he was tipped to move for last year suddenly becomes available once more.