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08/27/2013
 

Spanish top-flight side Sevilla announced on Tuesday that their French international midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia will buy out the remainder of his contract, almost certainly to join Monaco.


The 20-year-old is under contract at Sevilla until 2017 but has a $26.8m release clause. 


"Geoffrey Kondogbia is already history at Sevilla FC," read a statement on the Spanish side's website on Tuesday. "The French international has officially informed the club that he will unilaterally rescind his contract."


Sevilla also confirmed that Kondogbia did not appear at training on Tuesday, while French sports daily L'Equipe reported that Monaco were set to decide whether to cough up the money to buy out his contract.

Kondogbia, who left Lens for Sevilla a year ago, made his debut for France in their 0-0 friendly draw in Belgium a fortnight ago having won the under-20 World Cup with Les Bleus in July.


Monaco have already spent close to $200 million dollars this summer on the likes of Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, Porto duo James Rodríguez and Joao Moutinho, and Malaga's French midfielder Jeremy Toulalan.

Sevilla appeared to be preparing themselves for Kondogbia's departure when they signed Cameroon midfielder Stephane M'bia on loan from Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday.

 
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08/19/2013
 

Following the 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa, Arsenal is finally feeling the pressure to sign new players. The fans have made themselves heard with the help of banners held towards Wenger to sign and stickers of ‘Wenger Out’ near the training ground of the club.


Nearing 48 hours since Arsenal’s opening match, the club has been linked to a number of players. The latest has been Newscastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye. Arsenal put in an official offer of $15 million which has been rejected by the Toons. There hasn’t been any further developments on it since.


Another player Gunners have been linked with is Swansea’s attacking midfielder and last season’s star, Michu. It is reported Arsenal has put in a $45 million bid for the Spaniard, but nothing official has been heard. However, the fans have expressed their discontent over the move saying the player definitely isn’t worth that much money.


Desperate times call for desperate measures. With only about two weeks until the transfer window closes, the search for players has now reached desperation. This isn’t the first time Wenger has left signings up until last minute. During the season 2011/12 after Fábregas’ and Nasri’s departure Wenger was forced into the market buying Gervinho and Arteta.


The two players were bought in for a total amount of $31 million, but this season is worse. Wenger has done one thing right. He got rid of the dead wood, but what he has failed to do so far is to sign players. Except for Yaya Sanogo who has arrived at the club on a free transfer there hasn’t been any new additions. The squad has been cut by 17 players and the injury list has increased by six players after their Premier League fixture against Villa over the weekend.


Sevilla midfielder, Geoffrey Kondogbia is also on Arsenal’s radar, it is reported. The French International has also attracted interests from Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea but it is Real Madrid who currently has the edge. Sevilla has insisted the player isn’t for sale unless a ‘big money’ offer is made. The 20 year old has a $26 million release clause in his contract which Arsenal can easily pay, but the point is, is he really worth it?


The situation Arsenal has put themselves into is a tricky one. They might get lucky and bag decent players for themselves, but so far panic buys look more probable. However the case, Wenger and the board won’t be left in peace if the club fails to add new players to the squad before transfer deadline.

 
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