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Tottenham join rivals Arsenal in race for £25m France international (Video)

Tottenham Hotspur have joined Arsenal and AC Milan in the race to sign AS Monaco star Geoffrey Kondogbia, report the Daily Mail.

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It looks like the Club of the Principality ought to be preparing for intense interest in the 21-year-old’s services, with numerous major sides across Europe reportedly keen on the powerful midfield presence.

However, with Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani in the principality to sort out the details of a move for the youngster, according to Spanish publication Sport, it may be getting too late for the Premier League duo though.

The Gunners’ Champions League football could also be a draw for the player, making it extra difficult for Spurs to get their man. However, manager Mauricio Pochettino has still asked the club to look in to a deal, and is apparently hoping to be ambitious during the transfer market.

Daily Star Sport have reported that both Arsenal and Manchester United are keen on the 22-year-old, although Tutto Mercato Web understand that the Stade Louis II outfit will not sell unless the player’s €35 million-release clause is met.

Last season, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb made a solid partnership in the middle of the park for the North London side, but Kondogbia may take them to another level. If Pochettino is to guide them in to the Champions League qualification places this will be needed. They finished six points behind fourth-place Manchester United with a considerably worse goal difference last term.

Kondogbia could also improve their weakest aspect – in defence. Spurs conceded 53 goals in the Premier League during the last campaign, which only four teams in the whole division were worse than. Meanwhile, AS Monaco only let in 26 in Ligue 1. If the Lillywhites could emulate this total, they may be set for an unlikely title tilt.

The midfielder, who has previously featured for Lens and Sevilla, has represented France at every youth level from U16 to U21 and has also featured for Les Bleus’ senior side.

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