From the moment is was clear that Andre-Pierre Gignac was not signing a new deal at Marseille, he has been linked with moves away from France. Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool were linked, as were Inter Milan in Serie A.
However, today in the paper edition of L’Equipe, they are suggesting that AS Monaco could be about to make a shock move for the 29-year-old.
Veteran striker Dimitar Berbatov is set to leave on a free transfer this summer, leaving space in the Monaco attack for a older, wiser forward to team up and help develop Anthony Martial next season.
Monaco’s 1-0 win over Lorient on Saturday secured their third place finish in Ligue 1 and will take them into the Champions League playoffs.
It will be tough for them to make the group stage, but perhaps with someone like Gignac in the attack, they will have a fighting chance.
The burly centre-forward finished the season with 21 goals, his best-ever return in a Marseille strip. He may have taken a lot of inspiration from Marcelo Bielsa, but Monaco will hope that Jardim would be able to continue that form next season.
Any move would be determined on what Gignac wants from his summer move. Monaco would offer another chance at the Champions League – Marseille’s last attempt ended in them losing all six games – but he would still be in Ligue 1.
Spurs and Inter offer a new challenge in a new country and league. That could be the sticking point for the principality club.