Bought for £30m from Monaco when Mancini couldn’t bring Yaya Touré to Inter Milan, Geoffrey Kondogbia hasn’t exactly set Serie A alight, even struggling for game time this season.
Not especially trusted by Frank De Boer when the Dutchman was in charge of the club, the French midfielder will have certainly seen his stock rise a bit with a convincing performance against Lazio on Wednesday night under Stefano Pioli.
With the potential clearly there, and only nine appearances this season, a few clubs are keen on the player, including, according to Corriere dello Sport, three from the Premier League: Everton, Southampton and Watford.
Considering the amount the club paid for him in the first place, Ronald Koeman, Claude Puel and Walter Mazzarri would have to ask their respective owners to shell out a vast amount of money for the 23-year-old, which we don’t see happening in January.
Corriere state that all three clubs have enquired about the player’s availability, with a move, at this stage, to Goodison Park or St Mary’s probably a bit more attractive than Vicarage Road, but never say never in football.
The player was left out of the club’s Europa League squad due to FFP restrictions, which shows what Inter Milan are having to deal with this season, and with Stefano Pioli wanting to bring in another defensive midfielder in January, some squad lightening is expected to take place.
Whether that includes a Kondogbia departure, however, depends on the three Premier League sides, say Corriere.
It’s worth pointing out Everton, Southampton and Watford could face some competition from France, with Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain also mentioned as potential suitors.
However, the Ligue 1 pair are yet to make any official moves, according to Corriere, suggesting the Premier League trio could have an advantage in this hypothetical race.