Arsenal must pay £24.6 million if they wish to sign Geoffrey Kondogbia from Monaco this summer.
The Gunners are understood to be keen in the resolute French midfielder and reportedly lodged an opening £18.2 million bid earlier in the month.
However, Monaco have put a £24.6 million asking price on Kondogbia in an attempt to warn off Arsenal and any other interested clubs in their prized asset, according to Italian publication Tuttomercatweb.
Chelsea and AC Milan are also thought to be eyeing up a move for the 22-year-old, with the Serie A club reportedly opening talks over a deal.
So knowing Monaco would do a deal at £24.6 million and let Kondogbia leave, should Arsene Wenger be willing to match their asking price?
Well considering we only have to stump up an extra £6.4 million and add it to our opening offer, I don’t see any reason why Wenger wouldn’t meet Monaco’s asking price for Kondogbia.
We could do with a powerful and robust midfielder coming into the side this summer to play alongside or even challenge Francis Coquelin, and Kondogbia would certainly do this. He would complement our style of play and Wenger would also enhance his ability further, if he was to join us.
He impressed immensely in the Champions League last season and pulled out two great performances against us in the Last 16 Round of the competition as well.
I just hope if Wenger is indeed interested in him that he doesn’t hesitate on making a move for the young midfielder, especially if Milan are supposedly in talks with him already.
£24.6 million for one of Europe’s finest midfielders isn’t a great deal to part with – I hope Wenger makes this deal happen.