Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia is expected to complete his transfer to Monaco on Friday, with L'Equipe reporting that the 20-year-old will sign a five-year deal with the Principality club.
The speculation comes less than 48 hours after Sevilla announced that Kondogbia is to buy out his contract for the €20 million of his release clause, describing him as "already history at Sevilla FC" in a statement on their official website.
In theory, it is the player who has to pay that fee, but it will be Monaco who cough up as they prepare to take their summer spending well past the €150 million mark with the signing of Kondogbia, who was on Thursday named in the France squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying double-header away to Georgia and Belarus.
The former Lens player, who made his full international debut in the recent friendly draw in Belgium, is seen by Monaco as the perfect central midfield partner for Jeremy Toulalan, with Joao Moutinho deployed as the chief creator in front of them.
His impending arrival at the Stade Louis II means that Congo international Delvin Ndinga is on his way out, with L'Equipe also reporting that the former Auxerre man will join Greek champions Olympiakos on loan, with an option to make the move permanent next summer.
Ndinga played 25 times last season as Monaco won the Ligue 2 title, but has already found himself on the fringes this season, appearing for a total of just eight minutes as a substitute in the club's opening three matches.