Reports in France suggest that Arsenal are the ‘unnamed’ Premier League club to have tabled a €35m offer for Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, Le 10 Sport reports.
We have regularly been linked to the destructive midfielder in the past, with the Metro suggesting last month that we were frontrunners for Kondogbia – hinting that only agreeing a fee could prove to be a stumbling block.
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Wenger is a long-term admirer of the powerhouse, and publicly registered his interest in 2013 before Kondogbia was snapped up by Monaco’s billionaire owner.
“I don’t really want to talk about Kondogbia too much because everyone’s after him at the moment,” Wenger was quoted as saying 24 months ago (via ESPN).
“When you ask ‘Are you also interested?’ what do you expect me to say?”
Whilst much of the focus in the holding midfield area has surrounded Morgan Schneiderlin (via the Metro), Wenger’s previous interest in players should always be noted.
We were unable to compete financially with Monaco in 2013, but as the French club are struggling to comply with FFP (via Sky Sports), they could be open to selling their star players.
Kondogbia is more of a box-to-box player than a pure defensive midfielder, which could entice Wenger further – as he would be capable of playing both with and without Francis Coquelin.