A defensive midfielder is high on the priority list this summer, and Arsene Wenger has once again turned his attention to AS Monaco’s Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Frenchman has been superb this season, and unfortunately played a major role in ejecting us from the Champions League. The 23-year-old looks like he would be an excellent acquisition, and would fit in well at the Emirates.
He isn’t a pure defensive midfielder like Francis Coquelin, as he does tend to get forward on occasion. He is a powerful and tough tackling box-to-box player however, and would certainly add some grit to the side.
The report suggests it will cost us somewhere in the region of £25.4m if we want to lure him away from the Ligue 1 side this summer, and claims we are also facing competition from Inter Milan.
With the Serie A side crashing to a disappointing eighth placed finish this season, it should be an easy decision for Kondogbia if we do decide to make a bid.
We also have our eye on Morgan Schneiderlin (via the Metro), but are apparently more keen on bringing his international teammate to North London.