Monaco have completed a deal to sign Montenegro forward Stevan Jovetić from Inter Milan and are set to wrap up the transfer of Belgium international midfielder Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht, sources told AFP on Monday. The 27-year-old Montenegro captain, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla, is set to take the number 10 shirt worn up to now by Kylian Mbappé. A photograph of the player wearing a Monaco shirt with the No.10 for a photoshoot was leaked today.
Jovetic arrival to speed up Mbappé's departure
Mbappé is expected to complete a move to Paris Saint-Germain, initially on loan, before the transfer window closes on Thursday. Monaco have not yet made an official announcement on the deal for Jovetić, who has also played for Fiorentina and Manchester City. His move to Monaco means that Sevilla lose out in their attempts to lure him back for the new season either directly or loan.
Sources close to the principality club also revealed that Dendoncker, 22, will join from Anderlecht, following the path taken by his compatriot Youri Tielemans earlier this summer. Dendoncker's agent, who also represents Tielemans, met with representatives from Monaco and Anderlecht at a hotel in the principality last Thursday, when the Champions League group stage draw took place.
Earlier reports indicated that Monaco would pay 21 million euros - not including bonuses, for Dendoncker. However, that fee would be lowered if Soualiho Meite moved in the other direction. Midfielder Meite was bought by Monaco earlier this summer from another Belgian club, Zulte Waregem, for eight million euros.