With Kylian Mbappe being loaned out to Paris-Saint Germain, reigning Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco have added another forward to the ranks in the form of Stevan Jovetic. The club announced the move Tuesday, with Jovetic being acquired from Serie A side Internazionale. Monaco and Jovetic have agreed to a four-year deal that will run through 2021.
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Monaco beat out Marseille for Jovetic’s signature, with team president Jacques-Henri Eyraud reportedly not recognizing the player during a shared helicopter ride this past weekend. Monaco beat Marseille 6-1, and they beat them in the Jovetic sweepstakes as well.
While he did make two appearances for Inter during the International Champions Cup this summer, Jovetic did not play in either of the team’s two Serie A matches prior to the international break. Had he remained with the club playing time likely would have been difficult to come by, with captain Mauro Icardi leading the team’s striking options.
Jovetic spent the second half of 2016-17 season on loan at Sevilla, where he accounted for six goals and four assists in 21 appearances. For his career, he has scored a total of 82 goals with 40 of them being scored at Fiorentina.
The addition of Jovetic gives manager Leonardo Jardim another option to use alongside the red-hot Radamel Falcao, who has scored seven goals in four Ligue 1 matches of the season. With the aforementioned Mbappe being loaned out to PSG ahead of a big-money deal that’s to be completed next summer for financial fair play reasons, the addition of Jovetic addresses an area of need for Monaco.