Adriano Galliani said Kondogbia was on his way to Milan at lunchtime but then things changed and hints Milan could lose Jackson Martinez as well.
Geoffrey Kondogbia signed a five-year contract with Inter last night (the move will be official after the medical on Monday but the papers have been signed). Milan were battling the Nerazzurri for his signing and according to Adriano Galliani, they had a deal in place for the player but then things took a turn.
“The Kondogbia deal was done at 13:30 CET,” Galliani said as reported by Gazzetta. “Monaco had agreed to sell him to us for €40m, to be paid in two installments: 20 & 20. The agreement that we made with Kondogbia on Friday evening, was confirmed on Saturday morning by the player and his father.
“After we exchanged documents at 13:30 CET, they changed their minds or the other party offered them more money.” Inter will pay the player a figure close to €5 million net for five years and will also pay a substantial figure to Monaco (probably close to €40m) so it total the deal could be worth €70m.
According to La Gazzetta, Galliani told Nelio Lucas of Doyen Sport, who has flown with Galliani on his (failed) missions that “We can’t accept the Kondogbia deal at these figures. Sometimes one must have the courage to get up from the table instead of staying – so let’s go.” Galliani said it to Lucas after Monaco had informed him that the price for Kondogbia had gone up to €40m + €3-4m in bonuses.
Milan are also close to losing Jackson Martinez to Atletico Madrid. A deal has been in place with Porto for quite some time but there is only a verbal agreement with Jackson and the player seems tempted by Champions League football and some already consider his Atletico move done.
“If we save €40m from Kondogbia and €35m from Jackson, then we’ll have €75m to spend wisely in the rest of the transfer window. Only time will tell if this will turn out to be a good or a bad thing.“
Translation credit: @Milanello