Europa League champions Chelsea will make French U20 international Geoffrey Kondogbia their second signing of the summer, according to the Independent. The Blues, who confirmed the £18m capture of German international Andre Schürrle last week, will offer £10m to Spanish side Sevilla for Kondogbia's services.
The 20-year-old was a key member of the Andalusian club's run to Europa League football for the 2013/14 season, making an impressive 31 appearances, across all competition, in his debut season in Spain.
The Independent believes Stamford Bridge chiefs have been monitoring Kondogbia for a while now and would have moved for him even if former manager Jose Mourinho had not returned to west London.
The young Frenchman is regarded as one of the finest defensive midfield talents in European football but, given his age, the Blues are hoping to wrap up any deal quickly and cheaply. Roman Abramovich has also targeted a new striker this summer but signing the likes of Napoli's Edinson Cavani or Zenit's Hulk will be both hugely expensive and difficult; the Express believes £90m will be spent on the two South American strikers.
Any hope of an easy move for Kondogbia could be dashed though, given the amount of speculation around the player. Manchester City, Arsenal and Real Madrid have all been linked to him at some time, with reports from Italy suggesting the two Milan clubs could also become involved.
It could all come to naught though, if Kondogbia's comments are to be taken as the final word. The midfielder has been quoted by Onda Cero Radio as saying he wants to continue at the Sanchez Pizjuan. Kondogbia has four years left on his original contract.
"My goal is to finish the season and continue at Sevilla," the midfielder explained, "I have four years left of my contract, but you never know. What do I think of Madrid? I like Madrid, as I like other clubs. But I am happy at Sevilla."