This summer transfer window could be named as the summer of Monaco. The Monegasque club has signed two Porto stars James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho with a remarkable €70 millions. Also they’ve got Eric Abidal from Barcelona and Ricardo Carvalho from Real Madrid absolutely free. Forward James Rodriguez cost the newly promoted Ligue 1 club €45m and midfielder Joao Moutinho €25m. Both have signed five-year deals with the big-spending Ligue 1 club. Other serious World transfer is another Colombian sticker Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid who joined Monaco for €60 millions, and leaved Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City without attention. He signed a four-year deal with the Ligue 2 champions and will earn €10 million per year.
I think Monaco’s big spending will not stop here. Head coach Claudio Ranieri admitted that he wants a strong squad to compete with Europe’s best clubs. All this is possible thanks to a new owner Dmitry Rybolovlev, who took over the club in December 2011, when the club was close of dropping to the third French league. Forbes magazine puts D. Rybolovlev as the 119th richest man in the world. He has about €7.03bn, and is known as a property magnate. Also, Rybolovlev is known as one of the world’s top art collectors.
The 27-year-old forward Radamel Falcao leaved Vicente Calderon and now will shine at the Stade Louis II. This deal moves the South American forward into the top 10 most expensive signings of all-time. After beating Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final Radamel Falcao said that he had best two years of his career at Atletico Madrid. Falcao has made his name at Porto and was sold to the Rojiblancos team for €40m. The Colombian International has scored 31 goals in all competitions and won Europa League and the Copa del Rey under Diego Simeone’s coaching.
Radamel Falcao said: “I am very happy to join Monaco and very happy to wear these new colours. Looking back, from the moment I arrived in Madrid I came to be important, to help Atletico and my goal was to help win titles. So, seeing the goals achieved I think it was very positive, in a league that is very competitive and it is very hard to be champion. Well, what we have achieved in these two seasons has been a dream and unforgettable and I think these have so far been the two best years of my career.”