Rob Newman, a Manchester City chief scout, was at Sevilla last Friday watching Geoffrey Kondogbia, who he believes could be the next Yaya Toure.
Toure is a powerhouse of the current side, a leader and the sort of midfielder who can carry his team through bad spells and rough patches, when it seems all hope is lost.
Geoffrey Kondogbia has been at Sevilla for the last two years after he joined the La Liga giants from French side, Lens. He’s slowly working his way into a regular starting place for the side with 11 starts and seven sub appearances so far this season.
He’s also represented France at five different levels to date which is remarkable considering he’s only 19-years-old.
In comparison with Toure, there are several parallels which can be drawn with the most obvious being his natural height of well over six feet.
He seems to play in the sort of position Yaya Toure held during his Barcelona days which was a more defensive role as opposed to the more advanced position he plays at Manchester City.
He seems to roam around the pitch effortlessly which means he can drift in and out of various positions, making it difficult for the opposition to read his movement.
He’s also got that explosive burst of power which City will want to exploit if they did sign him and wanted to use him in a more advanced role. However, that can work equally well, going back towards his own goal.
The problem City have if they want to sign him is the fact that he’s not going to be cheap because Sevilla originally paid £4 million for him.
Therefore, if City want to buy him then the fee Sevilla are likely to demand will be higher than what they paid which eradicates much of the value in spotting a teenager at this sort of level with a bright future.
However, Toure is so important to Manchester City that if they can compensate for the possibility of losing him or just give him a bit of competition for his place, it’s a risk which is well worth taking.
City aren’t exactly short in terms of finances which means they could miss out on the Frenchman if they toy with the idea of signing him for too long.
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