Geoffrey Kondogbia wanted by Italian giants despite Arsenal interest

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Serie A duo AC Milan and Inter Milan are set to battle it out with Premier League giants Arsenal for AS Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to talkSPORT.

The Frenchman is expected to leave Ligue 1 this summer after yet another superb season, and he is wanted by the trio of clubs as they look to strengthen their midfield. Kondogbia was at the heart of Monaco's midfield throughout the 2014/2015 campaign, but they are expected to have drastic summer sales in order to bring in some money for the club.

As well as Kondogbia, several others are expected to leave the club, including Radamel Falcao, who is set to join Chelsea on a season-long loan.

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Arsenal's Midfield Quest

Arsenal have been long-term admirers of Kondogbia and have been in the market for a new centre-midfielder since last year, but failed to bring one to the Emirates Stadium after Southampton refused to sell Morgan Schneiderlin and Sami Khedira's wage demands were too high.

The Gunners got a breakthrough however halfway through the season, thanks to the emergence of youth prodigy Francis Coquelin.

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The France midfielder started the season out on loan with Championship side Charlton Athletic, but after injuries to Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, Arsene Wenger was forced to recall the 24-year-old.

Coquelin became a crucial part of the Arsenal team and finished second in the Player of the Season Awards, only behind Alexis Sanchez. Despite Coquelin's development and impressive season, Wenger still wants to sign another midfielder in order to help out the 24-year-old, and Kondogbia is now his main target.

Italian Interest

However, according to reports, AC Milan could be in pole position to land the midfielder after lodging a formal bid. As well as Milan's interest, it's believed Inter are also keen on signing him after giving up on trying to bring in Yaya Toure from Manchester City.

Both Milan clubs are expected to have a busy summer as they seek to bring the glory days back to the San Siro. Football fans, can they beat Arsenal to Kondogbia? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

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