Geoffrey Kondogbia snubbed a move to Arsenal to join Inter Milan instead.
The Serie A side splashed out £28 million to sign the French midfield enforcer from Monaco, with Arsenal reportedly only offering £9 million for Kondogbia.
The Gunners are supposedly looking to add a midfield general this summer to add to their mass creativity and Kondogbia – for many Arsenal fans – was the man they wanted to see come in and strengthen the side’s core.
The France international reportedly had a £24.6 million release clause in his contract, yet it’s thought the Gunners only tabled a £9 million bid, while AC Milan offered £20 million for the player’s services.
But after much speculation and talk, it was Inter who swooped in and nabbed the robust midfielder from under everyone’s noses.
After passing his medical and agreeing personal terms with Inter, Kondogbia admitted he shunned a move to the Emirates and Milan after being convinced by Roberto Mancini that Inter was the place to be.
So knowing of Kondogbia’s ability and potential, as well as his Champions League and international experience, have Arsenal missed a trick with the Frenchman?
To be honest, I would have loved to seen him at Arsenal this summer. His height, strength and movement would have done wonders for us and I believe he would have flourished under Arsene Wenger and playing with the current Arsenal side.
It’s a shame and quite annoying to hear that we were pipped to the post by Inter Milan. Yes, the Italian side are a massive club, but we are bigger and are actually in the Champions League next season!
We could have easily matched Inter’s £28 million offer, why we didn’t, only Arsene Wenger knows. What’s stranger is that Wenger is a keen admirer of his fellow countryman, so you would have thought he would have fought harder to acquire his signature.
I believe the club have missed a trick with Kondogbia – he would have been a great signing for us. I just hope we don’t miss out on our other reported midfield targets this summer as we need someone to come in and strengthen the side.