Arsenal have received a blow in their attempts to sign Monaco star Geoffrey Kondogbia, who is set for a medical at Inter Milan after agreeing to a five-year contract, Express reports.
Kondogbia has been heavily linked with a move away from the Stade Louis II the last few weeks, with the Gunners and AC Milan extremely keen on his signature.
But, the France international has chosen to join Inter after Milan CEO Adriano Galliani revealed that the Nerezzurri gave the 22-year-old a much more lucrative salary.
“At 1.30 it was all done,” he said. “Monaco had given us the all-clear for the sale at €40m (£28.6m) with payment spread over two years, €20m (£14.3m) and €20m.
“The agreement with Geoffrey had already been sorted out the night before and was confirmed that same morning by him and his father.
“After we exchanged the documentation, at 1.30pm everyone disappeared. Evidently the others offered more.”
This has come as a big blow to the Gunners, with manager Arsene Wenger a big fan of the dynamic midfielder who helped Monaco knock Arsenal out of the Champions League last season.
But, it may be Chelsea’s Petr Cech that arrives first at the Emirates, with the goalkeeper agreeing personal terms in principle with the Gunners.