How Monaco's Starting XI Might Look with Falcao and Summer Signings

Jonathan Johnson@@Jon_LeGossipFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2013

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Having already made a wave of new signings, Monaco’s ambitious squad-building exercise is underway this summer.

More new arrivals are expected to come as Les Monegasques completely re-shape their side, and the club is linked with a plethora of big names.

The transfer window is now officially open in France, so teams can move for new players although any signings will have to wait to officially be unveiled in July when the moves are completed.

It seems, though, that the Principality outfit will have an entirely different side on show when the Ligue 1 season kicks off in August to the one that finished the last campaign in the second tier.

Starting in goal and working through the pitch, it appears likely that only a few players already at the club can legitimately expect to keep their places.

Danijel Subasic is the current goalkeeper who was a regular in Ligue 2, and even revealed that the club’s move for Falcao was “90% complete” before the Colombian had joined, via ESPN FC.

He looks like he will be one of the next in the current side to make way with ASM coach Claudio Ranieri chasing a number of targets.

Galatasaray’s Fernando Muslera looks like the favourite, though, and reports in France and Turkey claim that Monaco lodged a €20 million Euro bid for the Uruguayan international last week, via Jeunes Footeux in French.

Ricardo Carvalho has already arrived at the Stade Louis II and should be partnered by fellow new signing, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, from Valenciennes.

However, the Portuguese could just as easily be paired with Marseille’s Nicolas Nkoulou if rumours are to be believed to be true, and that the Cote d’Azur side are working on bringing him back to the club, via Sky Sports

Otherwise, John Terry is another name that has been thrown into the mix of late, according to The Telegraph, but Jose Mourinho’s decision to keep the Englishman as club captain makes it a less likely move.

Liverpool’s Daniel Agger is also a reported target according to ESPN FC, but the Dane’s employers appear loathe to let their star defender leave for the time being.

Recently released French right back, Anthony Reveillere, looks likely to be Monaco’s best choice on the right of defence.

The Principality outfit have already made a move for the free agent according to reports in France, via Jeunes Footeux.

Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal and Valencia’s Aly Cissokho are the two outstanding options available to strengthen at left back.

Abidal is reported to have already held talks with Les Monegasques, and a medical is thought to be close after the French international refused to rule out any potential moves, according to ESPN FC.

Cissokho would be less straightforward, but the former Lyon man is thought to be leaving the door open to a move back to Ligue 1, via Mercato 365 (in French).

Those two moves would be jettisoned, however, if the club could secure the services of former star Patrice Evra, who enjoyed a fruitful four-year spell with the club before joining Manchester United.

He is still a French international and would almost certainly be the leader that the club are looking for; one who knows the club and could take the burden off of the shoulders of young Valere Germain.

Reports in England suggest that a move is close, via The Mirror.

With so much talk focusing on who is coming in, it is easy to overlook the fact that Monaco have almost already formed their midfield given the talent that was at the club prior to the arrivals of Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez.

Both the Portuguese and the Colombian will walk into the side to join two of the stars of ASM’s recent Ligue 2 championship-winning campaign.

Young Belgain starlet, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, and French youth international and captain, Valere Germain, will likely still keep their places in the starting XI as two members of the side’s home-developed contingent.

Germain bagged himself 14 goals and added seven assists en route to Ligue 1 while Ferreira-Carrasco is a Belgian-born wide man who has been raised in the club’s youth academy since being plucked from Genk’s fertile academy.

That then leaves just Falcao and his potential partner before the team is complete.

Ibrahima Toure will surely be retained after plundering 18 goals in 35 matches last year.

If a more defensive midfielder than Moutinho is preferred, Toure could find himself on the bench with a Claudio Marchisio, via Mercato 365, or the more realistic arrival of Fredy Guarin, again, via Mercato 365.

Argentine starlet, Lucas Ocampos, will likely start on the left if Rodriguez is not fit in time to begin the season after injuring himself on international duty with Colombia recently.

Another option though could be Manchester United’s Nani, who is believed to be drawing interests from the club according to reports in France, via Mercato 365.

Zenit St Petersburg’s Brazilian international, Hulk, is another reported target according to Mercato 365, but it is believed to be one of either Hulk or Nani who will join, not both.

You could add Sergio Ramos to the equation if you're really optimistic, as a move for Real Madrid’s Spanish international has been touted by French sources, via Mercato 365.

However, it seems highly unlikely that the club or player would give serious thought to a move to Monaco at this point.

With the transfer window just opening in France, plenty can happen and these predictions are likely to alter.

It promises to be an exciting summer on the Cote d’Azur though.


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