More than ever after his 3-0 defeat at the opening of the championship against Lyon last Friday, Monaco was looking to strengthen before the end of the transfer window. This is done thanks to the arrival, announced Wednesday morning, of the French international Wissam Ben Yedder (4 caps) on the Rock.
AS Monaco orchestrated the return of FC Sevilla striker in Ligue 1, three years after leaving Toulouse for Spain. After paying his release clause of € 40 million, the native of Sarcelles has committed to 29 years for five seasons in the Principality.
At the same time, but it is another transaction, the Portuguese striker Rony Lopes, under contract with Monaco until June 2022, took the direction of the Andalusian club in exchange for 20 million euros.
"Wissam is a talented player, a complete striker, who has proven in Toulouse and Seville, but also in international competitions, all his sense of purpose," said the club's vice president Oleg Petrov.
In three seasons at Sevilla FC, Ben Yedder became the fourth best artificer in club history, averaging more than one goal every two games (70 goals in 138 games).
With the arrival of former Toulouse, author of 63 goals in the Championship of France, the team coached by Leonardo Jardim strengthens an offensive sector that asked question last year. Saved in extremis of the relegation, Monegasques had scored only 38 goals in as many games.
In 2019-20, Ben Yedder could be associated in attack with another recruit, arrived on the Rock two days before him. Nigerian international winger Henry Onyekuru (22, 11 caps), returning from the CAN, also signed for five years. He was on loan from Everton to Galatasaray last season, and he actively participated in the club's crowning goal by scoring 14 goals in 35 league games.
The club is full of resources
But the Rock club also has offensive resources in its squad. Suspended against Lyon, the young Russian Aleksandr Golovin, 23, and Senegalese winger Keita Baldé, 24, back from loan to Inter Milan (5 goals in 29 games) should be on the scoresheet Saturday at Metz (20 hours).
Currently injured, former Manchester City player Stevan Jovetic, 29, and the nugget trained at OL William Geubbels, 17, are also in the ranks of Monaco. In the same way as the great Italian prospect Pietro Pellegri, 18 years old, in reeducation phase, and landed for 25 M € in Monaco after 10 professional matches with Genoa.
The last question concerns Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, 33 years old. Eager to sign a final contract with the ASM, the 2017 French champion has not received the offer of extension he was waiting for. His impatience could push him to accept a challenge abroad. And now that the club of the Rock welcomes a new scorer, the team of Leonardo Jardim could not be formalized of this departure.