Big spending Monaco midfielder heading for... Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday have been linked with signing Gary Coulibaly from Monaco.

Monaco have been splashing the cash in Europe, spending a whopping €60 million just to acquire a single player when they brought in Falcao from Atletico Madrid last month.

They have also added Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez, Anthony Martial and Ricardo Carvalho, and their spending is expected to continue with the transfer window officially opening today.

This naturally means the players who helped them win promotion as champions of Ligue 2 last season find themselves looking over their shoulders.

One who appears to be heading out is Gary Coulibaly, a 27-year-old midfielder who played 16 games for the club last season.

Reports in France claim Coulibaly is visiting Sheffield Wednesday today (July 1) to visit the club's facilities and discuss terms.

He is under contract until 2016 and so Wednesday will have to pay a fee for his services, but Monaco may not ask for a seven-figure sum.

Coulibaly is a defensive midfielder who signed for Monaco in 2011 for £440,000, after previous spells with Bastia and Istres. He is a former French under-20 international.

He fell out of favour with Monaco last season, playing his last game for the club in February.

Monaco are willing sellers, and this could be one deal Wednesday are able to tie up by midweek if all goes well when he visits the club.

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