Arsenal and Liverpool have been hit by the news that AC Milan are in talks for AS Monaco star Geoffrey Kondogbia, reports the Daily Star.
The Rossoneri are apparently ready to make a £21m move for the midfielder, and even though the Ligue 1 side want closer to £30 million a deal could still go through. This would leave the Premier League duo both having to look elsewhere for centre-mids.
The Gunners are still in need of a player like the 22-year-old despite the emergence of Francis Coquelin last season. Fans of the North London club will know the youngster all to well from his great performance against them in their 1-3 loss to the principality based side last February. Having seen this they will also know that the France international could have been the perfect foil for his countryman at the base of their midfield.
Manager Arsene Wenger may now go after Sevilla star Grzegorz Krychowiak, who the Daily Star have linked them to recently. The Polish international is a similarly strong, defensive-minded midfield player that Arsenal have arguably lacked in recent times, with doubts over the ability of players like Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere to fill that role.
Meanwhile their Merseyside rivals are on the lookout for a midfielder to replace Anfield legend Steven Gerrard. The 35-year-old is joining MLS side LA Galaxy this summer after 17 successful years at the heart of the Reds’ side. Now that Kondogbia looks out of their reach they may pursue Inter Milan star Mateo Kovacic more fiercely. They have been linked to the Croatian by Italian publication tuttomercatoweb.