Sevilla have offered Geoffrey Kondogbia an improved contract in an attempt to retain the services of the new France international for one more season. Arsenal and AS Monaco are the latest of Kondogbia's multiple admirers trying to secure the powerful midfielder's transfer before the summer window closes.
Monaco, who are eager to increase the number of French players on their expensively assembled Ligue 1 squad, have offered €13million for Kondogbia. Arsenal made an inquiry for the 20-year-old, who has also been closely monitored by Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United in the wake of their deeply unimpressive opening day defeat to Aston Villa last weekend.
Sevilla recruited Kondogbia from RC Lens for €3.5m a year ago using monies provided by a third-party investment fund, Doyen Group. Under the terms of that deal, the fund is entitled to transfer the midfielder's rights again once a bid of €8m is received, but Sevilla are now confident that they've convinced the group to hold out for the full value of his buy-out clause.
To help persuade Kondogbia that his own long-term ambitions will be best served by spending another campaign at the Sanchez-Pijuan, Sevilla have proposed increasing his wages. Kondogbia currently earns an annual after-tax salary of €600,000.
“Kondogbia is not on the market, but whoever wants him has to pay his €20m clause,” Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido said this week. “But please, any team that tries to sign him, don’t. We will consider it an attack. I’ve already reached an agreement with Doyen that Kondogbia will not go this summer.”
The 6-foot-2 midfielder started 28 league and cup ties for Sevilla in his debut season. He has represented France at every level from under-16 upwards, scoring twice for his country during this summer's Under-20 World Cup.