Aston Villa have been warned that they would need to pay Atlético Madrid’s Geoffrey Kondogbia more than €120,000 a week to convince him to join the club.
That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who say the midfielder would need a significant wage increase if he were to move to Villa Park.
Recent reports have made it clear that Aston Villa are keen on the midfielder, with Steven Gerrard determined to improve his squad this summer.
That’s led to links to the likes of Kondogbia, although it was recently made clear that they would have to pay a significant sum to tempt Atlético Madrid into a sale.
The Spanish side are not keen on losing Kondogbia ‘unless a huge offer comes in’, and it now seems they’ll have to pay on more than one front.
Mundo cover reports on the potential transfer from England and how Aston Villa are looking to sell off players to be able to afford the midfielder in what would be a ‘very expensive transfer’.
But even if they do so, they’ll have to raise funds to match his wage demands, with the newspaper explaining that Kondogbia, who is currently earning just over €120,000 a week and would need a ‘much higher wage’ to ‘convince’ him to move to Villa.
In other words, neither he nor Atlético are particularly keen on a transfer at this moment in time, and if Aston Villa want him, they’re going to have to dig deep to change that stance.