Rumoured Manchester City midfield target Geoffrey Kondogbia may be swiped from under the Premier League club's noses by Spanish giants Real Madrid. Spanish newspaper Marca believes the Santiago Bernabeu club have lined up the 20-year-old French defensive midfielder as a potential replacement for Spain international Xabi Alonso.
Kondogbia was linked to the Etihad club by the Metro, whose report suggested contact had already been established between the respective parties and a summer move was very likely. However, it is now understood that Kondogbia is waiting to hear more from Madrid before committing his future.
The youngster's financial rights are shared between his club - Sevilla - and an investment group called Doyen Sports. His agent (his father) claims he has yet to be contacted by the capital club but it is widely speculated in Spain that Kondogbia will move to the Bernabeu to replace 31-year-old Alonso.
Alonso, an ex-Liverpool star, is in the penultimate season of his contract and is believed to be stalling over a new deal, with references being made to the possible future of coach José Mourinho; it could be the World Cup and European Championship winner is waiting to see if the ex-Chelsea boss leaves the club in the summer.
Competition from Italy
Meanwhile, if City are serious about Kondogbia, they will have to hurry. There are other reports from Spain that say the Serie A pair of AC Milan and Inter Milan have joined the race and will look to outbid Madrid.
A report by AS indicates Madrid have already made a £7m offer but Inter will bid £8.6m and Rossoneri £10.3m. In addition, the former will also offer Sevilla 30 percent of any future transfer fee.
Kondogbia's present contract has a £17.2m release clause but given Sevilla's present financial concerns, it is believed anything above £7m will be accepted by the Sanchez Pizjuan club.
Meanwhile, City have also been linked to Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng, who presently plays for Milan. The 26-year-old spent a few season in the Premier League, with Tottenham, but failed to establish himself at White Hart Lane.