Lucien Agoume’s agent has confirmed that the Sochaux midfielder is close to joining Inter, who are grabbing themselves a ‘bargain’.
Inter will reportedly pay an initial €4.5m for Agoume, who is a France Under-17 international, has already played 16 professional games for Ligue 2 side Sochaux and had also been linked with Manchester City and Arsenal.
“The situation is very simple,” Djibril Niang told East Republicain.
“Right now, we have an agreement with Inter and the Sochaux have - in quotation marks - an agreement on the figures to sell Lucien.
“Therefore, we’re close to finalising the deal. The only small detail left is how these amounts will be paid.
Niang was then asked whether the Nerazzurri were bagging themselves a bargain.
“Exactly that. I think we’ll close with Inter. There were two other options, Manchester City and Arsenal, but they’re not the player’s first choice.
“We could’ve moved quicker with these clubs, but we worked on Lucien’s desire. Inter have watched him very diligently since last year.
“We talked to a club with directors and coaches who really wanted Lucien. When you’re faced with so many enquiries, it’s always better to favour an option like this one. Inter have never stopped talking to us.”
Finally, the representative explained why his client - who only turned 17 in February - chose the Beneamata.
“We discussed that, as well as his development. Today Lucien is 17, he’ll have to learn many things in Italy.
“Serie A is a very tactical League. In terms of physical work, he knows lots of effort will be needed in that sense too.
“In addition, he will have Antonio Conte as a Coach. He needs no introduction. It’s enough to say that in the last six seasons, he’s been a champion four times with Juve and Chelsea.”