Archive for the ‘Monaco’ Category

Bocanegra and Rennes Crush Lyon

October 5, 2008

Going the full 90 in central defense, Carlos Bocanegra and his Stade Rennais teammates shocked the French league tonight topping almighty Lyon 3-0. Mickaël Pagis scored a hat trick for the home side to hand Lyon their first loss of the season.

Meanwhile, Freddy Adu watched from the bench as his Monaco side dropped a 2-0 decision to Saint Etienne.

Monaco Bid For Bradley Now €8.5 Million

July 7, 2008

It looks like Heerenveen is driving a hard bargain before it parts with leading goal scorer Michael Bradley. France’s Le Figaro is reporting that AS Monaco’s bid is now up to €8.5 million after being previously reported at €6 million. Over the weekend, The Mirror (UK) reported that Middelsbrough had bid circa €5 Million while Germany’s Bild had Bayer Leverkusen’s offer at €4.5 million. It remains to be seen whether another club is able or willing to match Monaco’s offer for the 20-year-old American. Either way, if this turns out to be true, he could be the most expensive American player ever which (at today’s exchange rates) would price his transfer at $13.7 million. This would surpass the previous record of $10 million Spanish side Villareal paid for the New York Red Bulls’ Jozy Altidore only one month ago.

Monaco: Offering € 6 million for Bradley

July 4, 2008

According to France’s Le Figaro, AS Monaco is not only after Freddy Adu but may be offering SC Heerenveen € 6 million for US midfielder Michael Bradley. Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburger SV, along with England’s Middelsbrough and Everton have also expressed interest in Bradley. Currently, the Monaco bid is the most definitive piece of news to have leaked out thus far. Weeks ago, some at Bayer Leverkusen had reckoned it would take €3 million to buy the 20 year old American before Boro offered €4 million. If the Monaco offer turns out to be true, others may have a tough time topping it.

Monaco: "We Really Want Freddy Adu"

July 4, 2008

The latest word out of the AS Monaco camp is that they “really want” to sign young US international Freddy Adu, currently with Benefica. According to Monaco president Jerome de Bontin, they not only want Adu for his potential on the field but also to “export the image of the club to a wider international audience.” According to the club’s web site, Monaco and Benefica are getting closer to working of the details of the transfer with a fee running circa 4 million euros.

The deal may be a bit easier to work out given that current Monaco coach Ricardo Gomes played for Benefica for five years during his playing days. Gomes may also be quite understanding of Adu’s Olympic aspirations since he himself won a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, playing as a defender for the Brazilian team.

AS Monaco Interested in Freddy Adu

July 2, 2008

As of yesterday, Bologna was no longer expressing interest but according to the Nice Matin newspaper, AS Monaco has now targetted Benefica’s American midfielder Freddy Adu for transfer. With Monaco looking to rebuild after a disappointing season, a player like Adu could see significant playing time early on.