Football: Monaco snap up promising French midfielder Soualiho Meite

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has been busy in the summer transfer window with four signings and more to follow.
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has been busy in the summer transfer window with four signings and more to follow.PHOTO: REUTERS

Monaco (AFP) - French champions Monaco have made their fourth signing of the close season with the capture of 23-year-old midfielder Soualiho Meite from Belgian side Zulte Waregem.

The Paris-born former Lille player has agreed a five-year contract for a fee reported to be in the region of €8 million (S$12.3 million).

His arrival is expected to be in anticipation of Monaco selling French international midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has been tipped to join English Premier League champions Chelsea.

Bakayoko's Brazilian midfield partner, Fabinho, has also been linked with a transfer away from the Stade Louis II.

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Monaco have already signed Belgian international midfielder Youri Tielemans from Anderlecht, young French defender Jordy Gaspar from Lyon and Swiss international goalkeeper Diego Benaglio from Wolfsburg this summer.

However, Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva has left the Ligue 1 title winners, joining Manchester City in a deal reported to be worth almost €50 million.