Tottenham have made a move to beat Arsenal to the signing of Monaco ace Geoffrey Kondogbia by lodging a €28 million bid.
The French international has been heavily linked with a move in recent months after impressing during Monaco's Champions League win against the Gunners last season.
The 22-year-old got on the scoresheet in the last-16 tie at the Emirates Stadium and managed 23 appearances in Ligue 1 - and with Monaco set to sell off their best players Spurs are seemingly trying to pounce early.
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Owner Dmitry Rybolovlev has decided to pull the plug on his his expensive experiment at Monaco and is reportedly looking to sell off his biggest earners in the coming months. He already looks to have got rid of Radamel Falcao and his huge wage packet to Chelsea, and plenty more are expected to follow suit.
Kondogbia is viewed as one of the most talented young midfielders on the continent and has already earned four caps for Les Blues.
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Spanish newspaper Sport say that Barcelona are viewing him as a serious alternative to Paul Pogba, who is looking increasingly difficult to lure away from Juventus. Pogba remains their top target for now but if that move fails to materialise then Kondogbia is the next man on their list.
However it seems that Spurs have stolen a march on their rivals and have lodged a €28 million bid as the north London club try and get their business done early.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino has already sealed deals for Kevin Wimmer and is close to wrapping up a move for Kieran Trippier from Burnley. The Argentine boss guided his team to fifth place in his first season at White Hart Lane, and is expected to perform major surgery on his squad as he looks to try and qualify for the Champions League.
A host of big-money players including Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado could be on their way out of the club as well as the likes of Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and DeAndre Yedlin.
The news is a blow for rivals Arsenal who have been linked with Kondogbia for some time. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is said to be a huge admirer of the dynamic midfielder, however the emergence of Francis Coquelin has complicated matters.
Kondogbia is a little raw but there's no doubt he is the real deal - the rocket he scored against Arsenal announced him to the world and he's only got better since then.
Spurs are at a major disadvantage having missed out on the Champions League so they will have to feed off the scraps thrown from the top table for now. However if Arsenal stick with Coquelin and Barcelona get Pogba then Kondogbia could well be on his way to Spurs.