By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Arsenal are ready to begin a late summer spending spree after launching a triple swoop for Yohan Cabaye, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Atsuto Uchida, Goal can reveal.
The Gunners had a £10 million bid for Newcastle midfielder Cabaye rejected on Monday before turning their attention to Sevilla powerhouse Kondogbia.
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On Sunday night, some local radio stations were reporting that, despite the bullish statements of Jose Maria Del Nido, Sevilla had agreed to sell Kondogbia to Monaco.
At any rate, 50% of the player's rights are owned by Doyen Sports, so Sevilla will keep just half of any amount received. The Spaniards are also believed to be looking at possible replacements, with reports linking them with QPR's Stephane M'Bia or Inter´s Zdravko Kuzmanovic.
Kondogbia was on the bench in Sunday's match against Atletico de Madrid, but he did come on with Nico Pareja seriously injured and Vicente Iborra also unable to finish the game.
After Pareja´s injury - he will be out for two months with a fractured right humerus - and with Iborra and Daniel Carrico also out, Unai Emery will not be keen to lose Kondogbia.
Goal understands that Arsenal made an enquiry rather than a formal offer for the 20-year-old midfield anchorman and were told he would only be sold if the £17.2m buy-out clause in his contract is met.
It is believed that the London club are also waiting for a response from Schalke after making a £6m bid for Uchida, the Bundesliga club’s right-back.
Schalke denied that a bid has been made by Arsenal when contacted by Goal on Monday, but it is understood the Emirates outfit have submitted a formal offer of £6m for the Japan international.
The frenzy of offers has come on the back of Arsenal’s 3-1 opening-day Premier League defeat to Aston Villa and a summer in which they have failed to make a senior signing despite making bids for a string of marquee players including Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain, Marouane Fellaini and Luiz Gustavo.
Arsenal have long held an interest in Cabaye but the timing of the bid is likely to have incurred the wrath of Newcastle, given that the Frenchman is expected to start their league opener against Manchester City on Monday night.
Sevilla’s outspoken president Jose Maria del Nido has said that he would consider it an “attack” on his club if anyone tried to buy Kondogbia this summer but has admitted that the France international has a €20m (£17.2m) buy-out clause in his contract.
Kondogbia joined Sevilla from Lens for £2.5m 12 months ago and offers similar versatility to Luiz Gustavo, who rejected Arsenal to join Wolfsburg last week, in that he can fill in at centre-back and at left-back.
Goal revealed last week that Arsenal had targeted Japanese defender Uchida to provide defensive cover this season and be groomed as a long-term replacement for Sagna.
Wenger wants a right-back who can fit in with the Gunners’ playing style and be groomed to challenge Carl Jenkinson for the first-team slot if Sagna leaves when his contract expires next summer.
Arsene Wenger has taken action to reinforce a squad that is looking increasingly threadbare after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain became the latest senior player to face a long spell on the sidelines.
The England international had a scan on Monday on a serious knee injury sustained in the Villa defeat on Saturday, with Arsenal set to receive the results on Tuesday.
Wenger is already without Mikel Arteta, who is out for up to a month with a thigh injury picked up in training last week, and skipper Thomas Vermaelen, who will be missing until mid-October with a stress fracture of his back.