How Monaco Mastered the Transfer Market to Become League 1 Champions

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In a matter of 3 years the principality club has accomplished a huge net profit from player transfers, managing resources perfectly to take win titles on a faster pace.

In its beginning Monaco was just a League 2 team that was purchased by Russian millionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. The plan was to infuse the club with millions of dollars to buy the most talented players in the players, and so it happened. Monaco quickly stepped into League 1 and contended for its trophies, but couldn´t overcome the experience and strength of clubs like PSG.

Rybolovlev´s project was rejected and instead Coach Leanardo Jardim has opted to invest in talented young players from around the world. This project has commanded far more success and has produced for the first time transfer profits for the club.

Highlighting this commitment is the fact that they have only signed 6 players to permanent deals since 2014, two of those being reserve goalkeepers.

Under this management guidance, Monaco was able to secure the French championship last season under a tight race against the Paris St. Germain side. The also reached the finals of the second tier tournament, and the semifinals of the Champions League against Juventus.

3 major stars have left the Monaco side but new fresh talents are coming in with a lot of promise. The comeback of Falcao, who failed on all other clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United, has been a key factor on Monaco’s success. Falcao even managed to set records on French League 1 and Champions League with his scoring numbers.

The numbers speak for themselves, over the last 2 months the sale of players have earned €165 million for Monaco.

Benjamin Mendy has become the world’s most expensive defender who was signed last summer at €12 million and now sold at €57 million.

Monaco were under no obligation to relieve the player and this allowed them to ramp up the price Manchester City paid for its services.

Bernando Silva was another one that was sold last season for €48 million to City, while Chelsea made with the services of Tiemoue Bakayoko for €40 million.

Those were the only first team players to leave, the rest were regular bench warmers like Valere Germain, sold to Marseille for €8 million. A players who scored a hat trick during his debut in the Europa League against Oostende.

Last season Monaco spent €30 million to build up their team, an investment that nurtured their present success.

After the poor 2016 season the club required to re-strengthen. Anthony Martial was their biggest transfer, €50 million plus bonuses to Manchester United. He cost Monaco nothing when take from Lyon, were the player saw no game time.

Value in their Academy

Monaco also discovered the treasures in its own academy. Layvin Kurzawa and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco were sold to PSG and Atletico Madrid, combined a fortune of €40 million.

In the last season market Geoffrey Kondogbia sold to Inter €31 million, and Aymen Abdennour to Valencia at €20 million. Great profit for two players that have unperformed in their clubs.

Failed Transactions and Future Promises

Not all decisions have been profitable under present administration. Ivan Cavaleiro was cut lose to the Wolves at a loss.

Future promises include Jemerson, Gabriel Boschilia, Fabinho and Thomas Lemar. All key members on the championship achievements and now highly experienced in world top matches. Between all their net worth when purchased was not even €30 million, current valuations set that number to 4 times that.

The new hopes are Youri Tielemans and Terence Kongolo, who came from Anderlecht and Feyenoord for €25 million and €15 million respectively.

Rough diamonds include Soualiho Meite of Zulte Waregem, Jordi Mboula from Barcelona´s youth system and Jordy Gaspar.

We’ll see how the season kicks-off. It will probably be a slow start, but Monaco is set by odds makers to again be a top contender for League 1 and the Champions League.  View all UK, European and World Football markets to make your bets on Monaco, they are sure to win their fair share of games this season.

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