Inter Milan have announced the signing of the AS Monaco defensive-midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia for a fee believed to be in the region of €35m (£25m).
Kondogbia, 22, who was reportedly a target for a number of English clubs including the north London duo of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, has penned a five-year deal with the Italian giants and will complete his transfer subject to a medical on Monday.
“Contracts signed with Monaco for Geoffrey Kondogbia,” read a statement on the club’s official Twitter account on Sunday night.
“The Frenchman will undergo a medical in Italy tomorrow.”
The signing of Kondogbia means that Inter have not only stolen a march on the two Premier League clubs but also their city rivals, AC Milan.
The Rossoneri’s CEO Adriano Galliani told La Gazzetta dello Sport that a fee between the Ligue 1 side and Milan had been agreed last Friday evening, as well as personal terms with the French international, but it seems Inter have offered more and subsequently secured the player’s services.
“It was all done,” Galliani has since said.
“Monaco had given us the all-clear for the sale at €40m with payment spread over two years, €20m and €20m. The agreement with Geoffrey had already been sorted out the night before and was confirmed that same morning by him and his father. After we exchanged the documentation ... everyone disappeared. Evidently they changed their minds or the others offered more.”
The signing of Kondogbia could end Roberto Mancini’s interest in Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, as many believed that the Ivorian was going to be sold this year and could have been on his way to Inter to be reunited with his former Etihad manager.
Kondogbia is one of many transfers expected to arrive at the San Siro this summer after a disappointing season for Mancini’s side that saw them finish in eighth place.
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