Arsenal make approach for Manchester United target

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Arsenal are reported to have made an approach for Manchester United target Geoffrey Kondogbia as they strive desperately to make reinforcements before the close of the transfer window.

The Gunners are under pressure to spend having landed only Yaya Sanogo so far this summer and, according to, have been in touch with Sevilla with regards to the availability of Kondogbia.

Arsenal are reported to have been informed by Sevilla that they must pay the player's release clause of £17.2 million if they hope to secure his signature, although it remains unclear if Arsene Wenger would be willing to do so.

Kondogbia is one of the most highly-rated holding players in European football, and has also attracted interest from Manchester United as they too look to bolster their midfield.

The 20-year-old Frenchman is reported to be under consideration by Manchester United as David Moyes attempts to make a signing of note, having proved fruitless in his attempts to sign a number of targets so far this summer.

Arsenal, however, would appear to be in greater need of midfielders given their current injury concerns, with Mikel Arteta unavailable for six weeks after sustaining a torn thigh muscle.

The Gunners were also struck by a serious looking injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the weekend defeat, with the young England international suffering a serious appearing knee injury.

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