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AS Monaco Close to Signing Their First January Player

Image Courtesy Of Lacina Traore’s Facebook Page

AS Monaco is ready to become a European powerhouse in the near future, and the management is willing to spend as much as possible to make it happen.

The French side already made a huge splash in the Summer transfer window as they signed players like Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez in preparation for their return to Ligue 1. And even though they are a threat to win the league title at the end of the season, manager Claudio Ranieri is ready to add some offensive reinforcement during January.

The Italian tactician is now close to having his first player incorporated as Monaco is ready to finalize a move for Lacina Traore and the operation should be closed in the following days. The Ivorian forward is reportedly closing the details to sign with the French outfit, and his arrival would add some much-needed depth to the team’s offensive line.

The towering striker – 6-foot-8, 192-pounds – is adept to play either as a lone striker or in the wings as he’s very quick and strong for his size. With the likes of Falcao, Anthony Martial and Emmanuel Riviere on the squad, Monaco is clearly in the need of some top-tier talent to pair up with the Colombia international. The 23-year-old certainly fits the bill in terms of skill and international experience.

Traore had been looking for a way to leave Anzhi in order to have some more playing time ahead of the World Cup, and Monaco would surely give him plenty of chances to showcase his talent. If the move is completed, both parties will end up benefiting for a deal that could change Monaco’s offensive landscape for the long-term.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google