With the beginning of the season edging ever closer, clubs are slowing down their transfer activity in order to ready their current players for action.
Yet, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Geoffrey Kondogbia has asked to leave Inter Milan, which may lure Liverpool and Tottenham into a transfer saga.
The French midfielder is after first-team football ahead of the World Cup in 2018 and the aforementioned Premier League sides are reported to be interested in signing the midfielder.
Meanwhile, Tutto Mercato suggested that Tottenham scouted the France international in April, along with his teammate Gerson Murrillo.
Building on from these reports, both clubs have reignited their long term interest, knowing that Kondogbia now wants to leave the San Siro side, having not nailed down a first-team spot, as per The Sun.
With Liverpool keen on the Frenchman’s signature, Tottenham would need to act fast in order to secure the transfer. But why should Mauricio Pochettino rival the Reds to Kondogbia’s signing?
To make a significant signing
It’s well noted that Spurs have yet to make a purchase this summer, and while others strengthen with huge signings, the London club have stood still.
It is hard for Mauricio Pochettino to add to his side, however, with immense quality in every position and a perfect unity. But, Kondogbia presents the perfect opportunity to add a highly-rated addition, capable of replacing Mousa Dembele or Victor Wanyama.
The Frenchman could also join the current duo in midfield, which would make for an extremely powerful unit in the middle of the park. For £30m, Kondogbia would be a great first purchase for Mauricio Pochettino this summer.
In order to display their market power
While it would be Pochettino’s first foray into the market, it would also be a great statement. Beating Liverpool to a highly-rated player would show that Spurs do have power in the market.
His arrival would provide the perfect mind-game before the season had begun, suggesting Tottenham have become a more intriguing prospect than the Reds, who are likely to challenge the London club to the Premier League title this season.
Add to their current midfield power
If the power of Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele wasn’t enough, Spurs’ midfield could become even stronger if they signed the Inter Milan.
Kondogbia is similar to both Pochettino’s current options and while the lack of variation may be seen as a bad thing for many, it could be just what Tottenham require.
If Pochettino was to rotate Dembele and Wanyama with the new arrival, the team’s dynamic would stay very similar, meaning that the chemistry and rhythm would be relatively untouched, allowing Spurs to play their usual, impressive style while resting one of their key men.
Originally posted on The Boot Room.