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Who are Monaco’s Summer Signings So Far?

It's been an extremely hectic summer for Monaco thus far. Three prominent members of last season's French Ligue 1 conquering team have left Stade Louis II, while almost twice that number has marched happily to the Mediterranean coastline.

One consequence peculiar with fairy tale campaigns is, these teams eventually get picked apart by much bigger sides. Last season, Leonardo Jardim's lads showcased a hedonistic brand of attacking football; such never envisaged in France. Consequently, the whole of Europe was alerted to these heroes who ended their 17-year domestic drought.

Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy have all departed the club to the Premier League. But which players have the Principality club invested on as their replacements? Here are seven.

1 - Jordy Gaspar

Monaco's resolve to add Jordy Gaspar to their ranks has come somewhat as a surprise, considering the youngster's gross inactivity at Lyon. Though highly-rated, the 20-year-old found game time hard to come by, managing just two first team appearances last season.

Gaspar moved to Jardim's team on a free but will spend the upcoming season away on loan at Belgian side, Cercle Brugge. He is being groomed to become the club's long-term right-back.

2 - Diego Benaglio

On the day Gaspar's deal was announced, Monaco also confirmed the capture of the experienced goalkeeper, Diego Benaglio, from VfL Wolfsburg. Benaglio, a veteran of the Bundesliga, spent about 15 years in Deutschland; amassing over 300 appearances.

He is expected to provide competition for regular first choice, Danijel Subasic, who has firmly established himself since their Ligue 2 promotion campaign in 2012/13 season.

3 - Alvaro Fernandez

Benaglio isn't the sole goalkeeping recruitment at the Stade Louis II, young Spaniard, Alvaro Fernandez, also joined the Champions League semi-finalists from Osasuna. In spite playing just once for Los Rojillos, the 19-year-old now has the opportunity to cut his teeth at the highest level.

For the upcoming campaign, Fernandez will most likely be used as a backup to senior colleagues, Subasic and Benaglio.

4 - Jordi Mboula

Another player who sojourned to France after failing to tie down a regular place while in Spain was Jordi Mboula. Unlike Fernandez who managed one appearance, Mboula never got a chance with Barcelona's main team.

Despite joining on a free transfer, the youngster is already being tipped to fill in the huge boosts of Silva being an attacking midfielder as well.

5 - Soualiho Meïté

The departure of Bakayoko to Chelsea left a massive crack on Jardim's midfield. Exactly why Soualiho Meïté was signed for around £8million from Lille.

Meïté, who spent the last campaign at Zulte Waregem, screens the ball extremely well, with a presence and persistence intimidating enough to win the ball back for his side.

6 - Terence Kongolo

Mendy's imminent exit may have played a key role in the signing of Terence Kongolo from Feyenoord for around £11.3m. Kongolo brings a huge wealth of experience to the club having played over a century of games at De Kuip.

He will be expected to not only slot in at left-back but also provide cover at the centre owing to his versatility.

7 - Youri Tielemans

Youri Tielemans is Monaco's biggest signing of the summer in every aspect, owing to his growing reputation as one of Europe's brightest prospects. He joined the Principality club for a fee reported to be worth £23m from Anderlecht.

Of all seven new recruits, the combative midfielder appears to be the only one already made for Jardim's team.

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