Geoffrey Kondogbia to Inter Milan: Latest Contract Details, Reaction and More

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2015

HALMSTAD,SWEDEN - OCTOBER 14:   Geoffrey Kondogbia of France in action during the UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifying match between Sweden and France in Orjans Vall Stadium on October 14, 2014 in Halmstad, Sweden.  (Photo by Ludvig Thunman/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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Inter Milan confirmed Sunday the signing of Geoffrey Kondogbia from Monaco. 

The club's English-language Twitter account announced the news: 

Inter @Inter_en

Contracts signed with Monaco for @Geo_Kondogbia. The Frenchman will undergo a medical in Italy tomorrow #FCIM http://t.co/coGXbJub6t

Kondogbia has been in demand this summer ever since it became apparent Monaco were willing to sell.

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani was confident his club had a deal in place to sign Kondogbia for €40 million.   

"Monaco had given us the all-clear for the sale at €40 million with payment spread over two years, €20 million and €20 million," he said in La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia). "The agreement with Geoffrey had already been sorted out the night before and was confirmed that same morning by him and his father."    

Galliani added that the involved parties all departed by the afternoon before the transfer could be made official.

Milan's loss is Inter's gain. Kondogbia remains one of the more promising young defensive midfielders in Europe. Squawka Football highlighted how his combative nature on the pitch will help out Inter Milan:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Geoffrey Kondogbia won more league tackles last season (61) than any Inter Milan midfielder made. Battling presence. http://t.co/nduVnOKnbQ

With that said, this transfer isn't a slam dunk for the Italian giants. Kondogbia still isn't the finished product just yet. Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe thought Inter might be paying just a bit too much for a player who can disappear during games:

Sam Tighe @stighefootball

Geoffrey Kondogbia is fantastic, but €36m(?) is an eye-watering amount of money. I've seen him in games where he's just decided nah

Regardless, Inter need to make some major splashes in the transfer market this summer if they're to get back into the Champions League. The club is laying down a marker by signing Kondogbia. While Inter can't afford to make a high number of big transfers, this deal at least shows ownership is willing to open up the checkbook.

It's still way too early to consider Inter contenders to win Serie A next year. Between Kondogbia's potential and having a full season of head coach Roberto Mancini, the club should be much better positioned to compete for the top three in Italy.