Posted on Wed 14 Aug 2019, 12:39 PM

Monaco announced on Wednesday that they had bought veteran French striker Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla, with young Portuguese attacker Rony Lopes going the other way.

According to sources close to Monaco, the transfer fee is in the region of 40 million euros ($44.7 million), the amount in Ben Yedder’s release clause, with Lopes valued at 20 million euros.

That would make the 29-year-old Ben Yedder the most expensive player bought by a Ligue 1 club so far in this summer’s transfer window, ahead of the 29million pounds Paris Saint-Germain paid Everton for Idrissa Gueye.

Ben Yedder has four caps for the French national team and has also played 138 time for Sevilla scoring 70 goals in three season.

“Wissam is a very talented player, a complete striker, who has proved his ability to score in Toulouse and Seville, but also in international competitions. He is also a player with an exemplary attitude,” said club vice-president Oleg Petrov in a statement.

Ben Yedder has reportedly signed a five-year contract.

“I come with the intention of proving, as always, my qualities and with the desire to reach a new level,” said the player.

Lopes, who was under contract with Monaco until June 2022, has signed a five-year deal with Sevilla.

The 23-year-old joined Monaco in 2015 for around 15 million euros from Manchester City, before being loaned to Lille for a season and a half. Back in Monaco in 2017, he scored 15 goals and won the first of his two Portuguese caps in November 2017. Last season he scored four goals as Monaco struggled.

Monaco who were the  French champion in 2017 and runners up in 2018, are rebuilding after a disastrous season in which they sacked and reappointed their coach but ended the season in 17th place.
 (AFP)

 

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