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Arsenal target Geoffrey Kondogbia will be leaving the club to seek pastures anew, his club Sevilla has officially confirmed.

A statement on the club’s website read: “Geoffrey Kondogbia is already history at Sevilla FC. The French international has officially informed the club that he will unilaterally rescind his contract.”

The Frenchman has opted to buy out the remainder of his 4 year contract rather than ask clubs to meet his release clause of 17.2 million pounds, and will be reimbursed by the club that is buying him.

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Nouveau riche, French club AS Monaco are all set to beat the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool to the signing of Atletico Madrid’s winger Arda Turan to add to their already enormous arsenal of players.

Turan, who joined Atletico from Galatasaray in the summer of 2011 for 12 million euros, making him the most expensive Turkish player of all time, has been a revelation for the RojiBlancos since. He was one of their key performers together with star goal-scorer Radamel Falcao leading the club to successful Europa League and Copa Del Rey campaigns in the past couple of seasons.

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Sami Khedira first made his mark on everyone in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where he was a regular for Germany’s new-look young squad under Joachim Low. Khedira and compatriot Mesut Ozil joined the Santiago Bernabeu after impressing that summer. Khedira, in particular, was a favourite for ‘The Special One’, becoming a mainstay in midfield during Jose Mourinho’s time at Real Madrid. Always regarded as defensively proficient, he gained an attacking drive in his 3 years at Madrid, making him into one of the most complete midfielders in the world currently.

AS reports that Mourinho wants Khedira to play for Chelsea, after the German made a mark on the boss in those three years. The midfield lynchpin is also reported to interest Monaco, who have made a lot of impressionable signings this summer such as Radamel Falcao. Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez. However, Khedira is likely to prefer a reunion with Mourinho, with the new Chelsea manager wanting him to be his new Michael Essien for Chelsea.

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A couple of Manchester United exits look to be on the cards this month with young striker Angelo Henriquez poised to leave for Spain on a season long loan, while Nani could be leaving Old Trafford permanently with ultra-rich Monaco hot on his coat tails.

19 year old Henriquez was loaned out to Wigan Athletic last season in what was a mixed season for the Latics as they won the FA Cup but got relegated as well. The young Chile international didn't get enough game time though at Wigan, featuring just 8 times for them, that too mostly from the bench. Angelo has now set his sights on Real Zaragoza as he is all set to be loaned out for the second year in a row to gain more experience and playing time. The player though is likely to still have a future at United, as he is believed to have immense potential and could be a great asset to David Moyes’ team in the future.

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Nouveau riche, newly promoted Ligue-1 side AS Monaco have beaten Chelsea to another marquee signing this summer with the acquisition of Zenit St. Petersburg forward Hulk. The Brazil international, is about to complete a £52 million move to the French side according to Radio Monte Carlo.

The 26 year old had previously also been linked to the Blues but rejected them to join Russian club Zenit instead and has seemingly again rejected a move to the Premier League, choosing to move to Ligue 1 instead.

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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has captured the interest of cash rich Ligue 1 outfit, Monaco, according to reports in The Daily Mail.

The Nigerian has also been on the radar of Turkish clubs Galatasaray and Trabzonspor, with the former being favourites to sign him but now Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev threatens to disrupt their plans. Galatasaray had been till now expected to land the 26 year old, but were a little gun shy when told the 26 year old would cost them around £16m.

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Money talks louder than anything else in football. Signing on bonuses and bumper wages are held in higher regard by players, as compared to emotions or even silverware at times. The past few years have seen clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain tasting success courtesy of splashing big bucks in the market. But now, Ligue 1 side AS Monaco look set to break all records with a massive bid for arguably one of the best players in the football world – Cristiano Ronaldo.

The French outfit are keen on being Ligue 1 title contenders this season after promotion from Ligue 2. With billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev already having splashed more than £110 million on high profile names like Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, the Russian has now set his sights on Real Madrid’s charismatic forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

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