Four more Monaco transfers out of club as Man City make Bernardo Silva signing
FootyOn look at four more possible Monaco transfers that may follow Bernardo Silva out of the club, as Manchester City sign the Portugal international.
Since the mid-to-late 1990s, Monaco have ended up selling their best players when they are successful.
Top clubs around Europe were ready to pick the bones when they last won Ligue 1 in 2000 and reached the Champions League final in 2003; so, after their latest triumph, it looks like a similar story now.
Six of France’s 1998 World Cup winning squad played for Monaco, but raids on talents aren’t limited to homegrown players.
Portugal attacking midfielder Silva has joined Man City for a reported £43,000,000 in the aftermath of Monaco winning the title.
France capped left back Benjamin Mendy is long odds-on to follow him to the Etihad.
More Monaco transfers seem inevitable as, unlike domestic rivals PSG, keeping hold of their best players just doesn’t seem likely.
Although Belgian midfield prospect Youri Tielemans has arrived in the Principality from Anderlecht, departures could well outweigh signings.
Bearing that in mind, we look at five more potential outbound Monaco transfers…
Forward Mbappe has had a real breakthrough season for the Principality outfit, scoring 26 times in all competitions.
Of the top 12 goalscorers in this season’s Champions League, only Lionel Messi has a lower goals per minute average than this teenage sensation.
Mbappe has earned his first senior caps for Les Bleus off the back of these exploits.
Prospects under 20 have been involved in Monaco transfers before, with a notable recent example being Anthony Martial.
Although Mbappe is evens with Sky Bet to remain at his current club, he is alternatively 3/1 with BetVictor to join Real Madrid this summer.
Leonardo Jardim’s conversion of Brazil international Fabinho from full back to holding midfielder is one of the big tactical successes behind Monaco winning Ligue 1.
That versatility will surely attract suitors and he takes a mean penalty too.
Among the high-profile defenders sold on by Monaco include Patrice Evra, Maicon, Rafael Marquez, John Arne Riise and Lilian Thuram.
Pep Guardiola needs a right back and cover in defensive midfield, thus making Fabinho a seemingly ideal signing.
Also catching the eye in Monaco’s engine room has been Bakayoko.
Like Mbappe, his inclusion in the side that reached the Champions League semi-finals has led to international recognition.
Bakayoko does the less glamorous work, something Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps knows all about from his own playing career.
Those who put effort into title-winning teams aren’t necessarily unsung heroes anymore, then.
Premier League champions Chelsea, who could pair Bakayoko with fellow midfield grafter and compatriot N’Golo Kante, are 6/4 with Sky Bet to buy him in this transfer window.
A haul of 14 goals and 17 assists across all competitions from winger Lemar highlights his contribution to Monaco’s successful season.
He has been a key member of the supporting cast behind Mbappe and the prolific Radamel Falcao.
Clubs seeking a marquee signing could do a lot worse than take a look at Lemar, who has already drawn comparisons alongside Mbappe with being Monaco’s modern day Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet.
Tottenham know first-hand what Lemar can do after he scored home and away against them in the Champions League, so they looked overpriced at 16/1 with BetVictor to sign him this summer.
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