It would appear that Arsene Wenger’s claim that he and Arsenal were not in transfer mode before we wrapped up the FA cup trophy for the second year running may not have been entirely true. Shock! Either that or the Frenchman and the people who assist him with the transfer side of things have been working like Japanese beagles on speed since the weekend.
Because not only have the Gunners made the Southampton and France international star Morgan Schneiderlin the main transfer target of that central midfield role, but we have already identified and targeted the player to go for in case the recent rumours suggesting that Man United could hijack our move for Schneiderlin come true.
The second choice, according to a report by The Independent, is the Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia. And after he stole the show when Monaco came to the Emirates and stunned Arsenal in the Champions League, I reckon he is a pretty handy back up.
Wenger is reportedly preparing a bid of around £25 million for Kondogbia, who is also challenging Schneiderlin for a place in the France international side, but is still hoping that the talented and versatile Saint, who has the big advantage of Premier League experience, chooses north London and Arsenal over Old Trafford and United.