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Monaco Sign Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla Amid Manchester United Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2019

SEVILLE, SPAIN - MAY 18: Wissam Ben Yedder of Sevilla FC reacts during the La Liga match between Sevilla FC and Athletic Club at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on May 18, 2019 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images)
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Monaco have announced the capture of Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla after the striker was linked to Manchester United during the summer. 

The Ligue 1 club confirmed the Frenchman's arrival on a five-year contract on Wednesday via their official Twitter account.

Per Goal's Tom Maston, Monaco paid his €40 million (£37.1 million) buyout clause to secure his services.

In June, Carlos Real of Sevilla news outlet La Colina de Nervion (h/t Jack Otway of the Express) reported United had agreed personal terms with the striker.

However, despite selling Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, the Premier League's transfer deadline passed last Thursday without the Red Devils having brought in Ben Yedder or another forward to replace the Belgian.

The 29-year-old was a prolific goalscorer for Sevilla:

B/R Football @brfootball

Wissam Ben Yedder is a force ⚡️ https://t.co/1fodgk6tPb

Eleven Sports shared his highlights with the Spanish club:

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| 🛫 | Wissam Ben Yedder departs! The French striker has left Sevilla, and is joining Monaco for €40mil 🤝 Bargain? https://t.co/Qs1EElJZ6x

He spent three strong seasons with Sevilla, the most recent of which was his most productive. Ben Yedder bagged 30 goals in all competitions in the 2018-19 campaign, along with 11 assists.

As football statistician Dave O'Brien demonstrated, he offered plenty against Sevilla's toughest opponents:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Wissam Ben Yedder in La Liga last season: • directly involved in 7 goals vs. the top four (⚽️⚽️⚽️🅰️🅰️🅰️🅰️) • directly involved in 0.8 goals per game across the season Quality forward. 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/KlMrDEcNKb

Football reporter Lee Roden was an admirer:

Lee Roden @LeeRoden89

Ben Yedder is really underrated. (And I dont use that word lightly). Had a fantastic season, really balanced, unique player. Sevilla will miss him

Monaco finished 17th in Ligue 1 last season, avoiding the relegation play-offs by just two points.

They scored just 38 goals, too, so Ben Yedder's arrival should make them much more potent in the final third and improve their prospects of avoiding a relegation battle this season.

As for United, with no replacement for Lukaku they'll be relying on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to lead the line.

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