Monaco have completed the £5.5 million signing of Ismail Jakobs as Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur miss out on the Cologne winger, as reported by the club’s official website.
Young, technically gifted, affordable and brimming with potential – financial and sporting – this is the sort of signing Spurs fans got used to during the heady days of Paul Mitchell and Mauricio Pochettino in north London.
Mitchell, the highly rated talent spotter credited with sparking the arrivals of Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min at Tottenham, is pulling the strings in the principality these days, turning Monaco from also-rans into Ligue 1 contenders in no time at all.
The likes of Axel Disasi, Kevin Volland and Caio Henrique shone during their debut seasons at the Stade Louis II, as Niko Kovac’s exciting side flirted with domestic glory before finishing third.
It remains to be seen whether the jet-heeled Jakobs can help take Les Monegasques to the next level but, snapped up for a bargain £5.5 million, the former Cologne whizzkid feels like a typical Mitchell signing – another inspired piece of business from a man on a roll.
Interestingly, Mitchell’s old employers Tottenham had also been keeping tabs on the Germany U21 international, with Premier League rivals Leicester long-time admirers too, according to the Daily Mail.
Whether Spurs’ loss is Monaco’s gain, only time will tell.
Did Jakobs make the right call choosing Monaco over Tottenham?
“The signing of Ismail is part of this desire to add the types of players who can bring quality that will improve the squad while hewing to our organisational strategy to enhance AS Monaco’s future,” Mitchell adds of a man who fits the club’s ‘sign low, sell high’ policy down to the ground.
“Ismail is able to play in several positions and has shown a maturity in his performances that is well above his age in a very demanding league.”
“I am very proud to sign for AS Monaco, a prestigious club that’s coming off a very good season with the prospect of playing in the Champions League,” Jakobs adds.
After losing their home-grown hero, Cologne may also be forced to sell Sebastiaan Bornauw and Ellyes Skhiri before the summer is out.