By David Woods

5th Oct, 2020 | 7:04am

ESPN: Star mid being pushed from cash-stricken club against manager wishes, Leeds set to pounce

ESPN UK editor David Cartlidge has said that Geoffrey Kondogbia is “being pushed out of Valencia” as the cash-stricken club needs £18m-£23m into the club before the transfer window shuts.

Cartlidge added that there are other players that Valencia would prefer to sell but Kondogbia is the one clubs want.

In a follow-up tweet, Cartlidge said that the player doesn’t want to move and that Valencia manager Javi Gracia wants to keep him as he’s a “captain and big figure in the dressing room”.

However, finances are controlling what’s going on at the club.

Can Leeds take advantage?

Cartlidge said Kondogbia would be a “sound last day deal” for a club who wants a central midfielder.

Leeds could do with extra cover there but have been looking for a more advanced midfielder, someone who can fill a Pablo Hernandez-shaped hole.

However, Cartlidge did say that Leeds are one of the Premier League sides who are looking at Kondogbia.

And that backs up what Movistar journalist Cristina Bea said on Sunday.

She claimed that Leeds will pay his £60k-a-week wages and the £13.5m fee Valencia want for Kondogbia.

The fee she talks about sounds low if Valencia want closer to £20m in today. They paid Inter Milan close to £20m for Kondogbia two years ago.

And, if her information about wages is correct, we can’t see Leeds being the club who end up with Kondogbia.

That’s a major deal for Leeds and it doesn’t seem to be a priority position.

With a deal for winger Raphinha on the cards, if Leeds do another deal we’d expect it to be for a midfielder who can cover the central positions as well as the number 10 spot.

Kondogbia is an out-and-out central midfielder.

However, Valencia is a club in crisis after missing out on European football last season and it looks like a club is set to take advantage.

Have Leeds spotted an opportunity too big to pass up?

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