Chelsea face tricky ownership issues to land Sevilla's Kondogbia

Chelsea must navigate tricky ownership issues if they're to sign Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Chelsea must navigate tricky ownership issues if they're to sign Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

They must unravel a complicated third-party ownership deal involving the company that have just gone into partnership with David Beckham’s advisor, says The Sun.

Kondogbia, 20, is part-owned by the Doyen Group, a firm of private equity investors who have been snapping up some of Europe’s hottest young talents.

Chelsea would have to reach an agreement with the Malta-based company and with Seville to get their hands on the tough-tackling Frenchman.

Third-party ownership deals are permitted in many European countries but are strictly forbidden by the FA and Premier League.

Kondogbia only joined Seville a year ago from Lens in a deal worth about £2.5m.

The Doyen Group stumped up half of that transfer fee and now stand to make a tidy profit on their investment.

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