Earlier this week, I talked about how I was fine with the fact Joao Mario wants to leave Inter Milan and stay at West Ham United.
Don’t worry. I am still okay with that.
Now, another Inter castoff has decided he doesn’t want to return to the San Siro.
Daniel Perez, agent for defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has reaffirmed the fact that his client has no interest in returning to Inter Milan and wants his transfer to Valencia to become permanent.
Perez’s comments come on the heels of rumors that the Nerazzurri have considered revoking the €25 million buyout clause in Kondogbia’s transfer due to the fact he has performed well in his stint with Los Che.
“One of the things that [Valencia] general manager Alemany wanted was to ensure Valencia had the upper hand,” Perez told Tribuna Deportiva, as reported by Football-Italia.net. “That was what the player wanted and that’s what he wants now: to leave Inter. The transfer can be concluded, regardless of Joao Cancelo.”
He is referring to Inter’s interest in keeping Valencia transfer Joao Cancelo permanently when his transfer deal is up at the end of the season.
Kondogbia has started 24 La Liga matches for Valencia and has found the back of the net five times along with six assists, which is a sight better than how he performed in 43 appearances with Inter. In fact, in those 43 games Kondogbia had just two goals and three assists.
Of course, there was that own-goal against Chelesa during the team’s tour of Asia in the preseason.
Just like in Joao Mario’s case, this is another player who just never really lived up to the potential that brought them to Inter Milan in the first place. He struggled under Stefano Pioli and had no place in Luciano Spalletti’s plans.
Even after displaying some promise at Valencia, I am not convinced bringing Kondogbia back to Inter would be a good thing … either for us or him.
Now, if the interest is really there to keep Joao Cancelo after the end of the season, I would propose some kind of a swap. Valencia wants €35 million for Cancelo, but there could be some middle ground. Say a value of €30 million each and a straight swap? Done and done? We get what we want – a full back with skill and pace – and Valencia gets what they want – yeah, I really don’t have anything to add there.
Regardless, while I may not be as upset about Kondogbia’s agent talking about how he didn’t want to return as I was about Joao Mario’s spout-off, I think not bringing Kondogbia back would actually be a good thing for Inter.
What do you think? Post your comments below!