Tottenham Hotspur are in discussions with Valencia over a move for midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia according to France Football.
The 25-year-old has only just signed for Valencia after they activated a buy-out clause following a loan spell from Inter Milan.
The defensive midfielder made 31 appearances last season, scoring four goals and registering four assists during an impressive spell in La Liga.
Now Tottenham are interested in signing the enforcer but they may have to activate his new release clause which reportedly stands at £72million.
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Considering Valencia only paid £22million for Kondogbia, Spurs will feel they’re paying massively over the odds if they have to pay that plus an extra £50million for the France international.
It’s been expected that Mousa Dembele would be leaving Spurs this summer and Mauricio Pochettinho was looking for a replacement ball-winning midfielder, but Dembele remains at Tottenham and appears no closer to a move.
As the European transfer window stays open longer than England’s, Spurs don’t want to risk not buying anyone and then an offer comes in for Dembele which they can’t refuse and they’re no longer able to buy a replacement.
If Pochettino has identified Kondogbia as his target then £72million is not ridiculous as he could prove worth that for Spurs, and he has certainly proved himself to be one of the top defensive midfielders around.
The fee is in the same ballpark as the money spent on midfielders Fred, Jorginho and Fabinho that Tottenham’s rivals have brought in this summer, and if they want to keep up they may have to match their spending.