Tottenham Hotspur star Serge Aurier has posted on Instagram after Atletico Madrid completed the emergency signing of Geoffrey Kondogbia from Valencia this week – with Atleti being allowed to bring in a replacement for Thomas Partey.
Partey, 27, completed a £45million move to Arsenal on deadline day – with a deal being confirmed in the final hour of the window. Atletico were unable to bring in a replacement for the Ghana international, who was a regular last season.
That saw Diego Simeone’s side appeal to be given the chance to make a signing outside of the window. They chose to bring in the former Monaco, Inter Milan and Sevilla midfielder for £9million (Goal), signing a four-year contract.
Aurier – who came through the ranks at Lens alongside Kondogbia – reacted to his move on Instagram. He congratulated the midfielder, before sending a message to ex-Spurs star Kieran Trippier, telling the England ace to look after him.
TBR’s view – £9million is a bargain for Kondogbia
Sky Sports claimed back in April that Tottenham were interested in the CAR international, along with Everton. So at just £9million, should Spurs and Everton regret failing to make a move for Kondogbia?
Well, both clubs improved their midfield options in the summer. Allan was bought from Napoli and Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford, while Spurs added Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to their side form Southampton – with all three shining.
Neither club should regret avoiding Kondogbia, but at £9million, he is certainly a bargain.