Sevilla coach Unai Emery has underlined his intention to retain the services of Arsenal target Geoffrey Kondogbia, but admits a big-money offer would be difficult to turn down.
The Gunners' interest in the France international has been rekindled in recent days, while Manchester United and Monaco have also remain linked with a move for the imposing midfielder.
Sevilla's position to hold onto Kondogbia was greatly strengthened when they addressed their worrying financial woes through the sales of Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas, both of whom joined Manchester City, while Luis Alberto's and Gary Medal's moves to Liverpool and Cardiff City also helped refill the coffers.
While the club are keen to hold onto the former Lens starlet, Emery admits the club could find it difficult to resist another big money move for another of their stars.
"We want to have continuity at Sevilla," Emery was quoted as saying by Sky Sports after his side's 3-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Sunday evening.
"I have spoken with the president (about Kondogbia) and only a big money offer changes that idea."
Kondogbia, who made his senior debut for France in a recent friendly with Belgium, has been linked with a move to the Emirates throughout the summer after Arsene Wenger hinted the 20-year-old was a target.
As he faces mounting pressure from fans to strengthen his squad before the closure of the transfer window in two weeks, Wenger has attempted to boost his midfield options with Newcastle United star Yohan Cabaye.
The Gunners tabled a bid reported to be in the region of £10m for the French midfielder, an offer that was swiftly rejected by the north east club on Monday afternoon.
Wenger's move for Cabaye has been fuelled by the news that Mikel Arteta faces up to six weeks out after suffering a thigh injury last week. The Spaniard joins Abou Diaby who is a long term injury absentee on the side lines, with the Frenchman not expected to return to the first team until early next year.
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