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Aug 27, 2013

Monaco close in on Kondogbia - report

Monaco have begun talks with Geoffrey Kondogbia's agent over a proposed move, according to French newspaper Le Parisien.

Diego Costa challenges Geoffrey Kondogbia during his side's victory over Sevilla
Kondogbia has attracted plenty of interest this summer.

Emery: We'll cope with exit

However, the Ligue 1 big-spenders are reportedly yet to decide whether to trigger the Sevilla midfielder's €20 million release clause.

Le Parisien reported that Kondogbia's representative had arrived in Monaco on Monday to begin negotiations for the move, which appears Sevilla are already all but resigned to after they drafted in a potential replacement for Kondogbia by taking Stephane Mbia on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers.

With Monaco in search of a defensive midfielder to play alongside Jeremy Toulalan in front of their defence, they have been actively pursuing Kondogbia, 20, who won his first senior cap for France in their recent friendly with Belgium.

Sevilla, however, are keen to hold on to the Under-20 World Cup winner, though will have to concede defeat should Monaco, who have already spent more than €140 million this summer, meet the sum laid out in the player's contract. The Ligue 1 side are expected to make a decision on the issue on Tuesday.

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