Report: Inter agree to five-year deal with coveted transfer target Kondogbia

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According to Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia – a heavily targeted player this transfer window – has agreed to a five-year contract with Inter Milan.

The two sides have reportedly set a medical for Monday contingent on the two clubs agreeing to a fee, which they will discuss in the coming days.

The 22-year-old has been a reported target for clubs across Europe this summer, with the rapidly increasing importance on defensive midfielders in the modern game evident in his reported price, apparently in the range of $40 million. According to Duncan Castles, a clause in his contract allows Kondogbia to move to Real Madrid for a cheaper fee, but so far they have not been among those reportedly interested.

Kondogbia made 22 starts and 26 appearances in Ligue 1 this past season, scoring one goal as Moncao finished third in the French top flight and qualified for the Champions League playoff round. He also made eight Champions League appearances this past season and scored the winner as Monaco knocked out Arsenal from the competition.

Inter’s apparent capture is a big blow to AC Milan, who appear to be losing their grip on a number of targets this summer. Having already been turned down by former employees Carlo Ancelotti and Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer, AC Milan were also heavily interested in Kondogbia and reportedly were in a bidding war with Inter for the Monaco star. There are also reports that AC Milan are losing their grip on Jackson Martinez, who is apparently interested in joining Atletico Madrid.