Sofian Diop has joined OGC Nice from AS Monaco for a €20 million fee after making over 100 appearances during his four years at the principality club.
Diop was a staple of Niko Kovac’s Monaco side, but the arrival of Philippe Clément as manager has cut his playing time significantly. At a press conference on Tuesday, the Monaco manager made it clear that his departure was the player’s wish, not the club’s.
“First of all, it was not our idea to let Sofian go. It was his choice. He contacted me yesterday and we had a good conversation. I want the best for him and I want the best for him too. the director said.
Diop, who joined Monaco from Rennes and scored 17 goals in 105 appearances, wrote a farewell message to Monaco on his Twitter account. I’ll take another challenge and say goodbye to you,” Diop began.
“I would like to thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to discover the professional world and allowing me to progress at the highest level. Finally, I would like to thank all the fans of Monaco for their love and trust over the years.”
Diop will join local rivals Nice for a fee reported to be around €20 million. Nice matin. He could get a chance to play against his former team this weekend, with Clement’s men taking a short trip to the Allianz Riviera on Sunday.
As things stand, Monaco are unlikely to return to the transfer market to replace Diop. The club have already signed forwards Brill Embolo and Takumi Minamino this summer, but they are looking to the academy to fill the void left by Diop.
Maghnes Akliouche, who joined the first team last season and played against PSG last weekend, looks poised for more game time. “Looking at his evolution, Magness has shown he can take on the role that Sofian used to play,” Clement said on Tuesday.
Departure from Msaba
Monaco have adjusted their team further ahead of Thursday’s deadline. Another forward named Anthony Moussaba has joined Ligue 1 side FC Metz on a one-year loan deal. The loan includes an option for the Mets to purchase Dutch youth internationals. Moussaba has only played one match for Monaco and since his arrival he has spent a loan period at SC Heerenveen and satellite his club circles at Brugge.
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