Premier League scouts who were at the Stade Velodrome to watch AS Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia on Sunday night will have been encouraged by what they saw.
After a mixed season at the Stade Louis II last season, the former Sevilla man has been one of Leonardo Jardim’s star men this term.
His robust midfield play in Ligue 1 has stood out, while his dynamic, technically proficient and downright powerful performances in the Champions League have surely alerted one or two major side.
Despite Kondogbia’s agent acknowledging recently that his client would only sign for a club where he would be guaranteed first-team football, the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all believed to be considering a bid for the player this summer.
What will they be getting in return for what would need to be a hefty transfer fee?
Well, against Marseille on Sunday evening—as Monaco lost 2-1—Kondogbia demonstrated, in one beautiful moment, just why he is so coveted.
The tenacious midfielder won the ball back cleanly inside OM’s half, stopping an attack in its nascent stage, before immediately launching forward into an offence of his own.
Marseille had begun pushing out, and hadn’t counted on Kondogbia’s quick turnaround. His ambitious forward play led directly to a fine scoring opportunity for Anthony Martial which required a smart stop from Steve Mandanda.