6 AS Monaco Stars Who Could Be Set for Premier League Moves After Dumping Man City Out of Europe

The Champions League first leg clash between Manchester City and Monaco was undoubtedly one of the games of the season, and Wednesday night's second leg wasn't too shabby either. After producing a performance full of free-flowing football in both legs against Pep Guardiola's side, there will be no shortage of interest in the young squad which the Ligue 1 team are assembling. But which players are most likely to make the move to the Premier League? Linked Clubs: None... Yet. Okay, he might not...


Linked Clubs: Manchester United, Manchester City

After failing to make an impression at Real Madrid during a season long loan back in 2013, Fabinho has thrived since making the switch to the Stade Louis II. 

The 23-year-old Brazilian has already made over 100 appearances for Monaco and has been capped four times on the international stage.

His versatility is one of his strengths as he is able to play both right-back and defensive midfield and after claiming two assists against City in the first leg, there is no doubt that he has the delivery required for a modern day full-back. He also bagged a goal in the second leg to help send Monaco through.

With Antonio Valencia being one of United's best performers this season, it is doubtful he will  make the switch to the red side of Manchester, but with City needing a defensive shake up, it seems that the Etihad maybe the most likely destination.

Thomas Lemar

Linked Clubs: Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool

With bags of pace and great dribbling ability, Thomas Lemar looks like a player who could thrive in a counter attacking team.

After moving to Stade Louis II for just £3m in 2015, Monaco could be in for another huge windfall following the sale of Anthony Martial to Manchester United.

With ten goals and six assists in all competitions there is an end product to the promising youngsters game and it appears that there will be a tug-of-war as both Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola look to boost their squads in the summer.

Bernardo Silva

Linked Clubs: Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham

As one of Monaco's best performers of the latest round, it's easy to see why Bernardo Silva is in such high demand. The Portuguese international had a calmness and composure on the ball way beyond his age, and at 22-years-old he's got his best years ahead of him.

After being named the outstanding player at the 2015 European Under-21 Championships and only missing out on a place in the Portugal side that won Euro 2016 due to injury, the future looks very bright for Silva.

With both Chelsea and Manchester United having an abundance of midfield options in their squads, there could be a big name departure to make room from the diminutive midfielder. But if both wish to continue the quest to be the best club side in the world then can they really afford to let a player of this quality go elsewhere?

Kylian Mbappé

Linked Clubs: Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City

Kylian Mbappé has really burst onto the scene for Monaco this season, gaining praise from the likes of Arsene Wenger and Thierry Henry in the process. The 18-year-old always looked to use his pace to get in behind the City defence over both legs and looked equally assured dribbling with the ball. 

Having scored two hat-tricks this season and having 17 goals to his name in all competitions this season, Mbappé is proving that if you're good enough, you're old enough.

With his reputation building on a weekly basis throughout Europe, it will take a huge fee to prise him away from Monaco, but this kid is special. There's no doubt about it.

Tiemoué Bakayoko

Linked Clubs: Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool

At only 22-years-old, the French midfielder has a real physicality to his game, much like that of Former Arsenal and France legend Patrick Vieira. Of course, he has a long way to go to achieve half of what Vieira did during his career, but in two displays full of powerful running and strong challenges, it is clear to see why there is so much interest in Tiemoué Bakayoko.

With Chelsea currently possessing arguably the two best defensive midfielders in the league at present, it is tough to see him getting enough game time at Stamford Bridge. But with the ageing squad at City and the impending retirement of Michael Carrick, it seems Manchester is a very realistic option.

Liverpool want him too, but money talks.

Radamel Falcao

Linked Clubs: None... Yet.

Okay, he might not have been a success at either Chelsea or United, but that chipped finish against City in the first leg was reminiscent of his glory days in the Spanish capital.

While he missed the second leg, the Colombian finally appears to be back to full match fitness. The 31-year-old is back amongst the goals and is playing close to the same level he was before he sustained the career threatening ACL tear back in 2014. 

It is much more likely that we will see Falcao take a trip to the Chinese Super League than attempt to make it third time lucky in the Premier League. But if he can finish the season in similar form and stay fit, maybe a shock move will not be out of the question.

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