Kondogbia set to leave Sevilla for Monaco
French national football player Geoffrey Kondogbia speaks during a press conference on August 12, 2013 in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, outside Paris. Spanish top-flight side Sevilla announced on Tuesday that Kondogbia will buy out the remainder of his contract, almost certainly to join Monaco.
The 20-year-old is under contract at Sevilla until 2017 but has a 20 million-euro ($26.8m) release clause.
"Geoffrey Kondogbia is already history at Sevilla FC," read a statement on the Spanish side's website on Tuesday. "The French international has officially informed the club that he will unilaterally rescind his contract."
Sevilla also confirmed that Kondogbia did not appear at training on Tuesday, while French sports daily L'Equipe reported that Monaco were set to decide whether to cough up the money to buy out his contract.
Kondogbia, who left Lens for Sevilla a year ago, made his debut for France in their 0-0 friendly draw in Belgium a fortnight ago having won the under-20 World Cup with Les Bleus in July.
Monaco have already spent close to 150 million euros this summer on the likes of Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, Porto duo James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho, and Malaga's French midfielder Jeremy Toulalan.
Sevilla appeared to be preparing themselves for Kondogbia's departure when they signed Cameroon midfielder Stephane M'bia on loan from Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday.