Arsenal And Man City Closing In On Solid French Midfielder

Could Arsenal's French connection win him over?
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Could Arsenal's French connection win him over?

AS Monaco's solid defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has attracted a lot of attention this season after playing a crucial role in Monaco's Champions League run. The 22-year-old was arguably the French side's most important player in their tie against Arsenal, displaying impressive physicality and intelligent positioning. Now, according to The Mail Online, the Gunners are going head to head with Man City for the Frenchman's signature.

Both Arsenal and City are keen on recruiting a defensive midfielder and Kondogbia fits the bill perfectly. Even though Arsenal have unearthed a gem in Francis Coquelin, it's thought that with Arteta and Flamini ageing, they want another body in that position and, in fact, Kondogbia is actually younger than 'Le Coq'.

Kondogbia moved from Sevilla to Monaco in 2013 for roughly £15m and is now thought to be valued at £20m. Both Arsenal and Man City can afford to buy the Frenchman, but Arsenal will have the advantage of the Wenger French connection, which could be enough to temp the player to the Emirates.

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