Arsenal hold talks with Geoffrey Kondogbia over £22m transfer

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Arsene Wenger has had a personal conversation with Arsenal target Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to Sky Italia

The Gunners are thought to be targeting a centre midfielder to help improve their Premier League challenge for next year. 

Morgan Schneiderlin was originally linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, but Arsene Wenger is thought to prefer the stature and athleticism of Kondogbia.

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Kondogbia in high demand

The French international is in high demand, and Monaco are thought to be demanding up to £22m plus bonuses.  

The Daily Mail reports that the 22-year old is already subject to a £20m bid from AC Milan, but the Rossoneri are keen to delay any decisions, as they understand that Kondogbia's price-tag could be heavily influenced by the outcome of the Paul Pogba transfer-saga. 

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It is a four horse race between Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid and Barcelona to land Pogba's signature, and if they do not succeed, they all have Kondogbia on their back-up list. 

Monaco's rising talent

Monaco are growing a reputation of harnessing developing talent in the right way, and the club will hope they can hang on to some of their brightest talents, as they have to qualify for the Champions League via a playoff in August. 

However, the Ligue 1 side have admitted that they cannot compete with Europe's richest clubs, and therefore a mass exodus from the Stade Louis II Stadium could be imminent. 

Potential departures

Radamel Falcao, Fabinho and Anthony Martial all join Kondogbia on the list of players that could be departing Monaco this summer. 

Falcao is on the verge of sealing another year away on loan, as BBC report that the striker is on the verge of signing a year-long loan deal with the Blues. 

Manchester United have declared their interest in Brazilian full-back Fabinho, but have been told to pay £20m upfront. 

While the most likely to stay at Monaco is Martial, as they are keen to hold on to the winger for one more year before cashing in. 

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