Leeds United are one of a number of clubs who are keen to sign Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to Movistar journalist Cristina Bea.
Writing via her personal Twitter account on Sunday, the Spanish reporter said that Leeds, Fulham, Southampton, Hertha Berlin and RB Leipzig are all keen to sign Kondogbia, 27, and are ready to meet the price of a transfer.
It is understood that Leeds are willing to pay Kondogbia’s £60,000-a-week wage, as well as the £13.5million transfer fee that Valencia want for his signature.
PSG and Atletico Madrid are also said to have shown an interest in the player.
Lo hemos contado en @MovistarFutbol, en la previa del #LevanteRealMadrid: Leeds, Fulham y Southampton en la Premier y Hertha Berlín y Leipzig en la Bundesliga, dispuestos a pagar los 3,5 millones netos que quiere cobrar Geoffrey Kondogbia y los 15 millones que pide el VCF por él.
— Cristina Bea (@_cristinabea) October 4, 2020
It is worth noting that all the other clubs interested in Kondogbia are also prepared to meet the player’s and Valencia’s demands but Leeds have already dealt with the La Liga club in this transfer window so they could be at an advantage.
Victor Orta finalised Leeds’ most expensive signing in their history when he completed the addition of Rodrigo from Valencia for £27million in August.
Orta would have built some bridges between Leeds and Valencia when he pushed forward with that deal, so it could be handy for the Whites when they move to sign Kondogbia.
Earlier on Sunday, Marca reported that Valencia have agreed a deal with a Premier League club which is located “more than 200 kilometres” for Kondogbia, who is capped five times by France but is currently and international for the Central African Republic.
Leeds is around 300km from London, Fulham, which is in the capital, and Southampton are not more than 200km.
It does appear that there could be something in this as Leeds hunt down a new central midfielder after failing to sign Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich.
Kondogbia, who’s played for France, Sevilla, Monaco and Inter Milan before joining Valencia, is a key part of Valencia’s squad.
He’s started all five of the club’s league matches so far this season and played 27 times in La Liga for them last season, with 21 of those being as a starter.
Kondogbia has experience of playing in some of Europe’s top leagues, for one of Europe’s top nations and has also played in the Champions League.
He could be an astute addition to his midfield before the international transfer window closes on Monday at 11pm.
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