Tottenham’s chances of landing a summer deal for Inter Milan’s Geoffrey Kondogbia have been given a boost with reports from Calciomercato claiming that the club’s Chinese owners have decided to sell their man sooner rather than later.
The Italian giants are odds on to be taking up plenty of column inches this summer with Chinese owners, Suning Commerce Group, looking to splash unprecedented millions on the squad before next season.
However, whilst they will be looking to bring big names in, their funds are not limitless, meaning a number of players will be up for grabs at a cut rate this summer as the San Siro side look to clear the wage bill.
Having failed to impress in his two seasons since a £30m move from Ligue 1 side Monaco, the 24-year-old is reportedly one of those who could be off, with the new owners happy to take a loss to get shot of the midfielder.
Kondogbia is no stranger to the Spurs hierarchy after scouts were reportedly sent to watch the Frenchman against Sampdoria last month.
Having fallen flat in Milan, there is a fair bit of risk attached to this deal, however, if Pochettino can find the form Kondogbia showed when with Monaco, he could have a top player on his hands at a bargain price.
One factor that may play into the hand’s of those at White Hart Lane is that during his fine spells in Ligue 1 the midfielder, now rated at £16m, often operated as a defensive midfielder, playing around half of his games for the side in that role during his last season.
Whilst Pochettino already has strong midfield options in Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele, the recent reports that England international Eric Dier could be off to Manchester United this summer suggest that a replacement may be needed.