The deal was snatched out of the hands of city rivals AC Milan, who thought they had a deal to sign the Frenchman agreed. Milan CEO Adriano Galliani said he thought it was a “done deal,”
However, Kondogbia said the intervention of Mancini persuaded him to choose the Nerazzurri over their arch-rivals.
“It’s a real pleasure for me and I hope we can achieve big things together,” he told the club’s television channel. “I spoke with Mancini a week ago.
“What he said really convinced me – I don’t think you can say no to a club like Inter.”
Kondogbia made 66 appearances for Monaco following his move from Sevilla in 2013, but reveals he wants to stay at Inter for many years.
“Being a part of this great team is a dream come true,” he added. “I want to be here for as long as possible.
“As a kid I used to watch Inter play on TV, and now I’m joining this huge club. I will give my all.”
Kondogbia is now Inter’s third-most-expensive signing in history behind Hernan Crespo and Christian Vieri. At a reported €40 million, he arrives in Milan with some expectation on his young 22-year-old shoulders.
hile it’s been reported that the €40 million amount will be reached through €5 million in bonuses, Sky Sport Italia claims that the deal is closer to €30 million plus add-ons. He has signed a five-year deal reportedly worth €4.5 million a year plus bonuses. He becomes Inter’s best-paid player and will play with the weight of a hefty price tag on his shoulders.
The size of the transfer is unexpected as Inter have been operating within the restrictions of financial fair play. It makes you wonder who Inter will be selling – Fredy Guarin, Hernanes, Yuto Nagatomo and Mateo Kovacic – to balance the books.