Marseille, Monaco & Stevan Jovetic
This is surely one of the best stories of the 2017 summer transfer window.
On Monday, pictures leaked out of France showing that Monaco have signed former Man City striker Stevan Jovetic.
Jovetic was snapped in his new Monaco kit, and in a eye-catching image it was revealed that the striker will take the #10 shirt.
That suggested that Kylian Mbappe’s move from Monaco to PSG is a done deal.
However, it’s emerged that Marseille thought they’d signed Jovetic.
Marseille’s amazing screw up
The Mirror have reported the incredible story of how a senior Marseille employee told Stevan Jovetic they were signing him, without realising he was actually talking to Jovetic.
In incident happened last weekend, as Monaco thrashed Marseille 6-1 in Ligue 1. The Mirror report:
Inter Milan striker Jovetic was on his way to Monaco to join the French champions and caught a helicopter from Nice airport to watch their game with Marseille.
But also on the helicopter was Marseille chairman Jacques-Henri Eyraud who did not recognise him, started a conversation and told him they were signing Jovetic.
Jovetic then revealed who he was, Eyraud lost his temper and angrily told him a medical had been booked and a deal had been agreed.
Leaked: Stevan Jovetic is Monaco's new #10. Replaces Mbappe pic.twitter.com/lcrdtVQcec
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) August 28, 2017
Kylian Mbappe & PSG
On Monday, reports spread that Mbappe’s deal with PSG is basically done.
Incredibly, after shelling out 222 million euros on bring Neymar from Barcelona, PSG have now done a 180 million euro deal with Monaco for Mbappe.
However, Telefoot have revealed how PSG have structured the transfer to stay within the bounders of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
In something of a brilliant move, PSG have agreed to loan Mbappe from Monaco for the 2017-18 season.
However, as part of the loan deal, PSG have committed themselves to a compulsory acquisition clause, which commits PSG to paying the 180 million euro transfer fee to Monaco next summer.
That’s how PSG are swerving the FFP rules.