Monaco may have just been promoted to Ligue 1, but the presence of Radamel Falcao guarantees that the club will challenge defending champion Paris Saint-Germain right away.
According to Nick Sabetti of Goal.com, the upstart French club paid a hefty €60 million to lure him away from Atletico Madrid.
Falcao to Monaco. €60M transfer fee. Five year deal worth over 90 million USD & he won't even have to pay income tax pic.twitter.com/sHKdEQDQmG— Nick Sabetti (@Nick_Sabetti) May 31, 2013
The signing is a huge coup for the French club. Coming off of its first ever Ligue 2 title, the odds of the newly promoted club competing against the likes of PSG and Marseille were slim to none. However, the addition of Falcao means that they are prepared to compete for the championship right away.
Falcao is coming off of a strong season for Atletico Madrid. He scored 28 goals in 34 league appearances, placing him third in the league in goals just behind superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Where will Monaco finish in Ligue 1 this year?
Considering that he only averaged 3.6 shots per game compared to Messi's 5.1 and Ronaldo's 6.9, his ability to finish is undeniable.
However, it will take more than having the best striker in the league to win a title. Monaco will have to surround him with strong talent.
As his €60 million fee would indicate, the Monaco brass aren't afraid to pony up the dough necessary to be competitive. The club already inked Porto pair João Moutinho and James Rodríguez for a combined £60 million, according to the The Guardian.
While setting their sights on pairing Falcao with Ronaldo may be a pipe dream, it shows a serious interest in becoming a continental power.
Armed with a willingness to spend and a star player to build around, Monaca will be competing for league titles sooner rather than later.