Why Liverpool need top four finish to land Geoffrey Kondogbia

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If Liverpool are serious about making a move for Monaco's Geoffrey Kondogbia, they need to secure a top four finish to entice the midfielder to move.

Geoffrey Kondogbia has been on the radar of a few clubs for a number of years now, but it seems his performances for AS Monaco against Arsenal in the Champions League have really propelled him up clubs' wish-lists.

The Daily Mail are reporting that Brendan Rodgers wants the midfielder at Liverpool next season, perhaps as the man to replace the energy that Steven Gerrard once brought.

However, Liverpool’s biggest problem in landing the France international is their current position in the Premier League table. Defeat to both Manchester United and Arsenal sees the Anfield club down in fifth place, but seven points behind Manchester City in fourth. Manuel Pellegrini’s side may be on the slide, but with only seven games to go, it will take a huge effort to overcome that deficit.

There is a certain possibility that Monaco may cash-in on Kondogbia this summer to help fund further rebuilding, but he won’t come cheap. The 22-year-old cost Monaco €17 million when they bought him from Sevilla in the summer of 2013, and with his current contract running till 2018 and his reputation growing by the week, it would perhaps take a bid in excess of €25 million to convince Monaco to sell.

Kondogbia would no doubt be interested in making a move to the Premier League at some point in his career, but with Monaco still in with a chance of making the top three in France and his international career in the balance, a move to a club outside the Champions League would be a risky decision to make with the 2016 European Championships around the corner.

All the French players know they have to be playing regular football to make Didier Deschamps' side. Impressing in Ligue 1 with Monaco would give him more chance than having to fight for a place at Liverpool, without gaining continued Champions League experience.

Liverpool’s transfer targets will change depending on where they finish, but without a place in the top four they can all but rule out a move for Kondogbia.

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