With it emerging that Monaco’s Fabinho will be departing to PSG in a €55 million deal, they will have to look for a replacement for the stellar Brazilian and do it quick, as a mere few days remain in the transfer window.
And the reigning French champions seem to have done just that, as The Daily Record claim that Monaco will be seeking to sign R.S.C Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker as a replacement for Fabinho.
The 22-year old Belgian had made his intention to leave his club clear earlier this summer. He was heavily linked with Everton, with manager Ronald Koeman thought be a great admirer of the player. However, after repeated attempts by the Merseyside club, interest from England seemingly subsided.
That was until earlier this month, when Manchester United emerged as an interested party for the youngster’s signature. The player was believed to be a key part of Jose Mourinho’s transfer list should certain signings not occur. After the signing of Matic from Chelsea, however, it seems that the need for a central defensive midfielder has subdued for the Red Devils.
Monaco won’t be too pleased with having to look into the transfer window this late. They have already lost an immense amount of talent in the form of Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoué Bakayoko, and now, potentially, Kylian Mbappé.
Manager Leonardo Jardim was previously critical of the spur of interest his players have been subjected to. Last season saw his boys put up a spectacular performance, and the club brought back some much-needed color to the otherwise PSG-dominated Ligue 1.
Youngsters like Mbappe fall under a list of proficient youngsters recruited by former technical director Luis Campos, who proved paramount in the club’s antics. Moreover, Monaco will have received the maximum amount of money by any single club in a transfer window ever, should his transfer to PSG come through.
With their Parisian rivals building a team that will target both Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League glory, it will be brilliant to see what kind of response Monaco will portray. With precious few days remaining in the window, will the champions, who are also notorious for a strong financial backing, work some magic?
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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