Multiple sources claim Inter have beaten Milan to Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia with a medical on Monday.
The duel between city rivals has been carrying on for over 24 hours now in Monte Carlo with representatives from both sides in constant negotiations.
According to Sky Sport Italia, the Corriere dello Sport and La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Nerazzurri are emerging on top in this transfer race.
While Milan CEO Adriano Galliani left Monte Carlo this morning, apparently to prepare some paperwork for the Kondogbia deal, Inter directors Piero Ausilio and Marco Fassone remained.
They were in talks with Monaco and Kondogbia’s agents until 2am on Friday night, then resumed this morning and by the afternoon reports emerged that they had struck a deal.
He is due to sign a five-year contract and the medical has been set for Monday.
It’s believed that with performance-related bonuses Inter will reach Monaco’s €35m price-tag and have the advantage of an agreement with the player himself.
Coach Roberto Mancini personally called the 22-year-old on Friday and his comments appear to have swayed the transfer saga.
Both clubs offered wages worth €4m per season, prompting Galliani to admit “whoever wins this will be bled dry.”
The alternative for both Milan and Inter is Olympique Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula, who is available for around €19m.
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