Due to their poor performance for the whole of 2018/19 campaign, AS Monaco have been looking to strengthen up their team for the 2019/20 season.
Monaco have officially confirmed and announce the signing of France international and Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder after paying the forward €40 million release clause to the Spanish club. A surprising move according to the latest football predictions.
The French striker has put pen to paper a five year contract with the Ligue 1 club putting an end to his three years career in Spain.
Monaco was reported to have acquired the signature of the French forward due to the heavy links pointing their striker Radamel Falcao out of the club.
In his three year spell with Sevilla, Ben Yedder was able to find the back of the net 70 times and further created 22 assists in 138 appearances for the club since his arrival from Toulouse back in the summer of 2016.
Following his arrival at the Stade Louis II, Ben Yedder spoke to Monaco official website , saying: “I am very happy to be involved with AS Monaco, I felt a strong desire on the part of the club to have me come. Tons of work to do for the team of Monaco which are currently in bad form. Most Ligue 1 predictions didn’t expect Monaco to start this bad.
“I chose Monaco because I believe in this project and I am determined to do everything possible to go after our common goals. I come with the intention to prove, as always, my qualities and with the desire to reach a new level.
“I want to thank the club for the trust it gives me. It’s a beautiful day and the beginning of a new story that I cannot wait to start.”
Monaco triumphed in the race to sign the French striker, who was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United this summer transfer window. The striker will be a long term replacement for their departing striker, Falcao, who is highly likely to leave the club this summer.
Speaking about his new signing, Monaco vice-president, Oleg Petrov, said via Goal.com: “Wissam is a player of great talent, a complete striker, who proved in Toulouse and Seville, but also in international competitions, all his sense of purpose. He is also a player with an exemplary mentality.
“His arrival is an important moment for Monaco. It demonstrates our desire to build an ambitious team to achieve the goals of the club.”
The 29-year-old striker began his football career with Championnat de France Amateur before opting to join FC Toulouse in 2010, where he scored 71 goals and created 22 assists for the Ligue 1 outfit in 176 appearances for the club, before leaving for Sevilla in the summer of 2016.