Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have suffered a massive blow in their efforts to sign Geoffrey Kondogbia after the midfielder agreed a deal to join Inter Milan.
The 22-year-old had an impressive last season with AS Monaco, which also includes a fine performance from the France international during the round of 16 Champions League clash against the Gunners.
Monaco eliminated Arsenal from Europe's elite club competition in the knockout stages and Kondogbia played a key role for the Ligue 1 outfit. According to the Mirror, his form has seen him attract interest from Arsene Wenger's side, while the Daily Mail claims their north London rivals were also in the race for his signature.
In addition to this, AC Milan were in the hunt to land Kondogbia. However, he snubbed a chance to join either of the clubs and joined Inter on 21 June. His move to San Siro is now subject to a medical.
"Contracts signed with Monaco for @Geo_Kondogbia. Tomorrow the French [midfielder] will be in Italy for medical visits #FCIM," Inter tweeted.
With Kondogbia agreeing terms to join Inter, the north London clubs could turn their attention towards signing Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin. The Premier League midfielder has already expressed his desire to play in the Champions League next season.
Both Arsenal and Tottenham are likely to face tough competition from Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail. as Louis van Gaal is keen on bringing the Saints midfielder to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has already admitted that signing a deep-lying midfielder is one of the priorities for United this summer.
"No.6 is a key player, yes. I have more key roles – the no.6 is just one of those key roles. You have seen this season, for example, because Michael Carrick is injured and I don't have another, I have to play with Ander Herrera there. He did it very well, but it is not his speciality," Van Gaal explained.