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AS Monaco Aims to Become the Porto of France

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AS Monaco seemed to be the team who spends a lot of money, but now they seem to have changed their attitude.

AS Monaco has been one of the best European teams in the season 2003/2004 when the likes of Ludovic Giuly and Fernando Morientes were there, strengthening their squad. The French side reached the final in the Champions League, where they lost to Mourinho’s Porto.


• Monaco’s role model used to be City
• They saw the faults in the system
• Porto became their example on how to build a team

AS Monaco has disappeared from among the top clubs in European football for a long time after that, however they are about to make a great comeback. They launched a new project of millions of euros invested in the club, with the pure aim to raise Monaco among the best European teams.

They started the same way as Manchester City

AS Monaco, when bought by Dmitry Rybolovlev, had one pure aim: spend as much money as possible on the best available football players in order to be able to become a decisive factor in European club football. To prove that, they purchased James Rodríguez and Falcao 2 years ago.

According to the reports of online gambling sites in France, James Rodríguez cost around EUR 40 million for Monaco to buy from Porto, while Falcao was brought in for EUR 60 million. The striker failed to prove his worth and has been loaded out for Manchester United last season and for Chelsea for the following season.

However, the young midfielder seems to have been a good transfer from the Portuguese side. The Colombian attacking midfielder has beel sold for Real Madrid for EUR 80 million thanks to his great performances in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He quickly became key member at the Royal Club.

Monaco president admits foul in his system

Dimitry Rybolovlev

The Russian owner wants to operate a viable business instead of an expensive showcase

However, the Russian Oligarch leader seems to be realising that Monaco would probably end up the same way as their predecessors finished their great projects, such as Anji Mahachkala, for example. But Manchester City also failed to meet the requirements and the expected results, compared to the amount of money they spent on signings.

Even though the English club won the Premier League twice, the obvious reason for investing so much money in the club was becoming a decisive factor in European club football. This is, in other words, winning the Champions League. But, according to UK gambling news, Pellegrini’s men are not even a scary team for the Spanish giants, or Bayern Munich, City is still to defeat a big team.

That is what was going on in Rybolovlev’s mind when he decided to lead a whole new transfer strategy for his club. He realised that spending too much money on popular football stars will lead nowhere, he realised that football is a team sport, and to be successful, you need a great coach and perfect team spirit more than expensive stars who play for money, not for success.

Their latest summer transfers are unknown and cheap players

The greatest star they have purchased so far in this summer transfer window is El Shaarawy from AC Milan. The young striker arrives at AS Monaco on a loan transfer, and the French club have an option to purchase him for EUR 15 million if the player will perform well enough, according to the reports of internet casinos.

This clause was necessary for the French club because they needed to reduce risks with El Shaarawy as much as possible. AC Milan’s striker has been suffering from a serious injury from a very long time by now, and there is a chance he might never reach the future he was expected not so long ago.

This way, the damage of the club would be limited to the minimum if the Italian striker would fail to prove his class in the Ligue 1. This is the same way how Monaco purchased their other strikers: Fabinho, Aymen Abdennour and Bernardo Silva all arrived on loan transfers initially, but ended up as squad members.

Monaco signed lots of great talents

Corentin Jean

Corentin Jean arrived from Troyes

Not only they stopped making huge risks both financially and from aspects of sports, but they are trying to invest in the future by purchasing the greatest talents of football world. Their role model is the Portuguese side FC Porto, who is known for bargaining extremely cheap players from all around the world, raising them and selling them for incredibly high amounts of transfer fees.

Mobile betting sites in France report that AS Monaco have captured several French u-21 international players, such as the likes of Corentin Jean, Fares Bahloui and Thomas Lemar. In addition, they also signed Lille’s wonderkid, Adama Traoré, who won the Golden Ball of the U20 World Cup.

All these transfers were much cheaper than any star player would have cost, and if they will not fail to improve as expected, they can bring a lot of glory to their club, in addition to their financial profits. We can take one thing for granted: Monaco has a much more subtle was on the transfer market than how they started in 2013.

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