Inter pull out of Kondogbia race
The Frenchman has caught the interest of several European giants this season, but the Nerazzurri have decided to turn their attention elsewhere due their own financial constraints
By Fabrizio Romano
Inter have made the decision to pull out of the race for Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia due to financial reasons, Goal.com understands.
Kondogbia joined Sevilla from Lens in the summer of 2012 and has since developed into an important first-team player for the Liga side.
The Nerazzurri have been keeping tabs on the 20-year-old for a number of months, with sporting director Piero Ausilio in particular a keen admirer of the midfielder, and they see Kondogbia as a potentially valuable addition to their squad in the long term.
Nevertheless, they have decided to bring their pursuit of the Frenchman to an end due to Sevilla’s excessive demands as they seem to have no intention to let Kondogbia go for anything less than his €20 million buy-out clause.
Additionally, Inter face stiff competition from clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, as well as a number of Premier League outfits, and have therefore turned their attention to cheaper alternatives, with Cagliari star Radja Nainggolan back on their radar once more.
Andrea Stramaccioni showed an interest in signing the 24-year-old last year, but eventually failed to lure him away from his current club.
Cagliari could be willing to cash in on the Belgium international, who has a contract until 2015, for a fee in the region of €15m this summer, though, and Inter are closely monitoring his situation.