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Sevilla star to force transfer by buying out his contract

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Arsenal target Geoffrey Kondogbia will leave Sevilla before the close of the transfer window, after the Spanish club revealed the midfielder is buying out his own contract, reports Sky Sports.

The 20-year-old France international has been the subject of intense speculation all summer, with Real Madrid and AS Monaco also keen to sign him.

"Geoffrey Kondogbia is already history at Sevilla FC," confirmed a club statement. "The French international has officially informed the club that he will unilaterally rescind his contract."

Kondogbia's intentions to terminate his deal at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium is understood to be an attempt to force through a move to Monaco, as opposed to any other rival suitors.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was keen to bring Kondogbia to the Emirates Stadium, but was reluctant to pay the player's £17.2million release clause.

As a result he looks set to seal a switch to Ligue 1, following former La Liga star Radamel Falcao to the principality, after the Colombian striker joined Monaco in a reported £50million deal earlier this summer.

"Since last week, we have heard that this was going to happen," Sevilla's president Jose Maria del Nido confirmed.

"Monaco have known that Sevilla had closed its doors. We have referred them to the buyout clause and they have acted as such against the will of Sevilla.

"I would think that there has been no lack of professionalism and I understand that he has been professional. The image he presented at Levante [at the weekend] was not that of something on their way out."

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