As per the latest reports by Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sports Italia, Monaco’s Geoffrey Kondogbia has agreed to join Inter Milan on a five-year deal subject to a medical on Monday and final transfer fee arrangement.
The 22-year-old midfielder has been one of the transfer window’s most speculated upon players, with French publication Le10sport listing as many as 10 top European suitors.
Among those were Premier League outfit Arsenal, also linked by the Daily Mail, a team who many feel need to bolster their defensive midfield ranks in order to challenge Chelsea in next season’s title fight.
However, fresh reports this afternoon now state that the Gunners must look elsewhere as Kondogbia has agreed a move to Serie A outfit Inter Milan with the official completion expected sometime next week.
“Total agreement, Inter and Kondogbia say yes. Five-year contract is the basis of the agreement, signature expected shortly and medical examinations already fixed for Monday,” Sky Sports Italia claims.
What now for Arsenal?
In Francis Coquelin, Arsenal have one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League but it’s very unlikely the former Charlton Athletic loan star will feature in all 38 league games next season.
Competition is a must and according to The Sun, Arsene Wenger has tabled a new bid for Portuguese international defensive midfielder William Carvalho – a fine alternative option.
Other names have been mentioned, but missing out on Kondogbia and his immense potential could prove a big blow if the North Londoners fail to acquire a young, viable alternative.