Scouts deployed: Tottenham step up interest in £30m Serie A enforcer - report
By Matt Farr
Tottenham are closely monitoring the performances of Inter Milan midfield enforcer Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to a report.
Italian news outlet Tuttomercatoweb claim that Tottenham sent scouts to watch the 24-year-old in action against Sampdoria at San Siro on Monday, with a potential summer transfer on the cards.
However, the Premier League club may not have been left with the most glowing of reports, with Inter Milan losing the game 2-1, and Kondogbia limited to just 45 minutes as a substitute.
Kondogbia moved to Serie A from French giants AS Monaco in June 2015 for a massive £30million, but he has struggled to meet expectation at the club, and could be sold this summer.
Inter Milan boss Stefano Pioli is expected to be handed an incredible £127million summer transfer budget ahead of a major squad overhaul, and Kondogbia is among the names that could be sacrificed.
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But Tottenham could be willing to make a move for him this summer, as Mauricio Pochettino seeks to add greater depth to his midfield options ahead of next season.
Kondogbia has made just 19 appearances for the club this season, and was omitted from all six of the club’s fixtures in the Europa League group-stage earlier this season.
The report also claims that Tottenham are keeping an eye on defender Jeison Murillo too, but the Colombia international remained an unused substitute against Sampdoria.
Football Insider verdict
Tottenham already have a formidable and reliable central midfield partnership in Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele, but aside from the duo, Pochettino has limited resources. Eric Dier has been preferred as a central defender, while Harry Winks could take time to recover from his injury setback. Kondogbia, meanwhile, could give Poch another quality option up his sleeve. Liverpool and Arsenal have been linked with the player before and although his Inter Milan spell has not been the most fruitful, the midfielder made a big impression with Sevilla and AS Monaco. Pochettino will know he is capable of much more than he is currently showing.