Former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder linked with a move to France

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AS Monaco are reportedly interested in bringing in Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles claim the Turkish press.

The Portuguese contingent at AS Monaco looks set to grow again this summer, with the side from the principality keen on bringing in former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder, Raul Meireles from Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce.

He would become the fifth player at Monaco who has played for FC Porto, joining Portuguese duo Ricardo Carvalho and Joao Moutinho and the Colombians James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao. His contract with the Turkish side runs until 2016, but the 30-year-old may be able to leave if the Istanbul club received a good offer. At his age, it would most likely take a bid of around €8 million to interest his current club.

French website MaxiFoot claim the story comes from Turkish newspaper Maraton and with the midfielder only playing 10 games so far this season, there is reason to believe there could be some truth to the rumour. Monaco will be looking to strengthen their squad for next season's Champions' League and Meireles would bring increased experience to the squad after his time in Portugal and England.

In his two years in England, Meireles played just over 30 games for both Chelsea and Liverpool. His most successful time came at his hometown club Porto, over six seasons he played 138 times, scoring 15 goals.

He has never been prolific in-front of goal, but he is an effective combative midfielder and he likes to break forward and create space for others. Too often this season Monaco have looked a little lightweight in the middle of the park, or lacked that little extra spark of drive, and that’s something Meireles could bring.

Although there are better midfielders that Monaco could both target and afford, a move for Meireles would make sense. It would give the likes of Moutinho and James another ally in the Monaco dressing room. He also has the experience of playing 50 Champions' League matches, something that the rest of the Monaco squad will lack when it comes to next year's tournament.

He may not be the marquee name that Monaco and Ligue 1 fans would be hoping for, but like the signing of Carvalho, he is experienced, and is still capable of playing at the highest level. For the right price he could become a very good option.

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