La Liga side tell Etihad Stadium side to dig deep.
Spanish side Sevilla have told Manchester City they’ll have to pay more than they expected if they still hope to land Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to The Express.
City had been watching for the 20-year-old in January and were thought to be preparing a bid of £7.6 million to bring him to the Etihad.
But Sevilla have laughed off the fee and told the Champions that they’ll have to pay much more than that if they want to land him. There had been an initial confusion over the Frenchman’s release clause, with City believing the fee to £6.2 million. However, Sevilla have insisted that the fee is almost double what was originally quoted.
Kondogbia arrived in Spain just eight months ago since signing from French side Lens and has impressed during his short time in Andalusia. He has so far made 15 appearances and scored once.
City believe that he will make the ideal replacement for Yaya Toure who is widely believed to be heading through the exit door this summer. Described as a ‘mature player’ by his former Lens coach he mostly operated as a defensive midfielder, using his impressive physique and speed to shield the back four. He can also operate as a left back or a central defender.
With a host of City players set to leave at the end of the season, money should be no problem for the blue half of Manchester, the only question remains is how much they want him?