Following Sky Sports’ report that Tottenham were interested in signing Inter’s Geoffrey Kondogbia, the Spanish press have been trying to pour water over any kind of transfer rumblings involving the France international.
Currently on loan at Valencia, the 24-year-old is having a very impressive season, once again demonstrating the ability that led the Serie A side to spend over £30m on him back in 2015 when he was at Monaco in Ligue 1.
With three goals and an assist in 13 appearances, Kondogbia has been key to the Spanish outfit’s good run of form that sees them currently sit second behind Barcelona in La Liga, and while Mauricio Pochettino’s interest would be justified, they aren’t going to get him anytime soon.
This is, in essence, was Super Deporte report on Tuesday in a big two page spread on the midfielder’s situation, emphasising the fact ‘there is no case’ surrounding the player, and he isn’t going to Tottenham or anywhere else.
As has been reported previously, and already relayed on Sport Witness, Valencia have already agreed a payment structure of €25m spread over four seasons to sign Kondogbia before the end of the season, and all that’s needed is for them to sort out the fine print before the player can sign on the dotted line.
The 24-year-old recently reiterated he’s very happy in Spain, and while ‘you never know what will happen in football’, he doesn’t seem to be actively looking for a move anywhere else.
Furthermore, Super Deporte are keen to point out that no club, not even Tottenham, have been in touch about a potential transfer.
As things stand, Kondogbia will be a full-time Valencia player next season, as there is no reason, considering his form, why the La Liga club wouldn’t make the deal permanent.
Once that is done, clubs will be able to sign him, but they will have to meet the €80m release clause that has already been negotiated to be included in his future contract.
A big sum, but one that isn’t exactly out of place in today’s market, and one Premier League sides, including Tottenham, would be able to afford if they really wanted him.