Aston Villa are set to reignite their interest in Atletico Madrid midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia in the January transfer window.
As per Fichajes, Aston Villa are plotting an ambitious move for Atletico Madrid’s Geoffrey Kondogbia. The midfielder was heavily linked with a move to the midlands at the start of the season, but a transfer didn’t materialise.
But Villa are ready to step up their interest and could jump on the ship to recruit the player in the Premier League. Douglas Luiz was on the verge of joining Arsenal and then manager Steven Gerrard targeted the 29-year-old as his like-for-like replacement.
But both the deal fell off the radar but Villa are now back to square one and Kondogbia could be a solution for new manager Unai Emery. The midfielder hasn’t been a guaranteed starter for Atletico and they would welcome any offer for the player.
Villa feel €25 million should be enough to convince the Spanish club to let the player leave Wanda Metropolitano. They are capable of bringing in big players as they have done in the past when they acquired the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Leon Bailey.
The Central African Republic international is one of the most underrated defensive midfielders currently and his vision could help Villa to restore their pride.
Emery would be looking for a place in the top ten and for that, they need to churn out consistent results in the top flight. The manager will be provided with sufficient funds in January as they will aim to upgrade their current crop of players.
Madrid need to balance their books following their failure in the Champions League and offloading Kondogbia could be the start of the proceedings. The midfielder has a contract until 2024 so this next transfer window will be the best opportunity to make some serious cash by selling the player.
Douglas Luiz could still push for a move outside of Villa Park and the former Inter Milan midfielder could arrive to fill in his position. Atletico paid close to £12 million for his services back in 2020 and would at least need to recoup their investment.