Arsene Wenger is a fan of Geoffrey Kondogbia but deal won't happen, says French football expert

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Arsene Wenger is said to be a fan of Geoffrey Kondogbia but it is unknown whether he shares the same opinion on his valuation as AS Monaco.

French football expert Julien Laurens appeared on talkSPORT to discuss Arsenal's reported interest in Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Laurens told the radio station that although Wenger is a big fan of the defensive midfielder, a deal is unlikely given AS Monaco will demand a lot more than the €20million they paid for him two years ago.

"He is a player that Wenger has liked for a long, long time now. He was looking at him when he was at Lens," said Laurens.

"He is the type of player Wenger likes. He is young, powerful, with a defensive mindset. I think he could be a good signing for Arsenal.

"The thing is, Monaco bought him €20 million, which is a lot of money, and will want far more money than that now, and I’m not sure Arsene Wenger will pay the money Monaco want.

"There is also a question mark over how consistent he could be at the top level.

"I'm not sure I can see that deal happening."

Monaco signed Kondogbia from La Liga side Sevilla in 2013 on a five-year contract. In his first season back in France, the 22-year-old helped his secure Champions League qualification for the first time in a decade.

Shortly before returning to France at club level, Kondogbia was awarded his debut for the international first team, playing 63 minutes in a 0-0 friendly draw versus Belgium.

In the Champions League this season, Monaco knocked Arsenal out at the last 16 stage. Kondogbia scored the opener in the first leg, which the Ligue 1 side eventually won 3-1.

It's not fair to draw comparisons but Kondogbia is a similar type midfielder to Paul Pogba, albeit a 'lite' version. He covers a lot a ground although is probably stronger in the tackle. Whether his next move is Arsenal or not, he is a player that would strengthen the Premier League.

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