Tottenham and Chelsea stars possible targets for Monaco

Big-spending French side Monaco are said to have Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor and Chelsea’s free-agent Ashley Cole in their sights.

Monaco are planning a busy summer in the transfer market, as they bid to close the gap of fellow French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

Last summer Monaco spent more than €130m on the likes of Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, and, according to the Mirror, two players who have caught their attentions this time around are Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor and departing Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole.

Togo international Adebayor was a revelation for Tottenham last season, as he came back into the side following Villas-Boas’ departure from the club and shone under managerial replacement Tim Sherwood. In 20 Premier League starts, Adebayor netted an impressive 11 goals.

Sherwood’s sacking, however, has cast a doubt over Adebayor’s Tottenham future, and despite the 30-year-old having two years left on his contract, big-money interest from Monaco may entice him to depart the North London club.

With money seemingly not an option, the French outfit will not be put off by's €8m price-tag for the Tottenham star.

Ashley Cole, on the other hand, is free to leave Chelsea after his contract expires in the summer.

The 33-year-old left-back has spent eight years at Chelsea, making 338 appearances in all competitions and becoming one of the world’s best players in his position.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, however, is looking to guide the club into a new era, and long-standing Stamford Bridge idols Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard are both being let go.

Interest in Cole remains high, with Liverpool and Manchester City both reportedly watching the situation closely. The recently retired England international may, however, wish to move away from the Premier League, and the riches and lifestyle likely to be offered him by Monaco would doubtless be an exciting prospect for a player at this stage in his career.

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