AS Monaco are hoping to wrap up a trio of deals by the end of next week, Get French Football News has learnt.
The first is the most definite at the time of writing: 20-year-old Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans will sign a long-term contract with AS Monaco this week should he pass a medical which he is due to undergo in the coming days. Kristof Terreur reported this morning that the player is due to fly to Nice today to begin the finalisation process of his move.
A €25m fee has been agreed between AS Monaco and Anderlecht. Meaningful negotiations on this particular transfer began in early April.
The second target that the Principality side are seeking to get over the line is one that they have been working on for even longer than Tielemans. In fact, Zulte Waregem and AS Monaco have had exchanges regarding Souahilo Meïté as early as the beginning of the calendar year.
The 23-year-old defensive midfielder was actually on loan from Lille at the Belgian side this season but Zulte have activated the purchase option in the deal.
Although Les Dogues are seeking to re-negotiate an agreement that sees Meïté return to the club under the orders of new manager Marcelo Bielsa, the player has given his priority to the Ligue 1 champions with whom his entourage has been in discussions with for several months.
L’Équipe reported this morning that the Principality side have put this deal on hold until Leonardo Jardim’s future has been resolved. The Portuguese manager is expected to hold clear the air talks with Vadim Vasilyev this week.
Should the outcome be favourable for ASM and Jardim decides to stay, which is looking the most likely at the time of writing if he receives guarantees concerning transfer policy, then the Meïté deal is all set to be pushed through.
The third and final player occupying Monaco’s thoughts in this pre-window period is Lyon’s full-back Jordy Gaspar who has decided to leave the club despite receiving a professional contract offer owing to a lack of playing time under Bruno Génésio this season.
The 20-year-old right-back is being targeted by multiple European sides and Monaco, having led the race to sign Gaspar in previous months, appeared to be losing control of the situation last week when Téléfoot reported that a side abroad had taken pole position.
Gaspar’s main concern with a move to Monaco is that he is very likely to play second fiddle to Almamy Touré next season. His main motivation for leaving Lyon was playing time, which is something he is unlikely to be afforded in abundance next season at the Principality side.
Djibril Sidibé, who signed for Monaco last summer with an agreement that he could leave after one season if ASM performed well, is almost certainly going to leave the club this summer, hence why Gaspar would be second choice and not third choice next season were he to join Monaco.
However, Gaspar is aware of Monaco’s ability to transform young players into some of Europe’s hottest prospects and may be prepared to accept reduced playing time for next season at the Principality so long as he is afforded opportunities from time-to-time. Monaco’s participation in four competitions next season will certainly offer that.
Gaspar would cost Monaco just €495k as he is out of contract with Lyon, with just the formation fee required to be paid. In this situation, Gaspar appears most likely to continue to take a bit of time to decide.
As for departures, Monaco’s unofficial line internally is that two players that could be considered as “key” will be leaving this summer: Tiemoué Bakayoko (in advanced contact with Chelsea) and Djibril Sidibé.
At the time of writing, the club intends to retain the services of all other major stars & there is no individual who has come to AS Monaco Vice President Vasilyev to ask about discussing their future at the club as of yet. The window is however long.
More undoubtedly to following in the coming weeks and months. The spotlight will certainly be on Monaco, who are already preparing very impressively for the summer ahead.