Monaco have announced the signing of Charity Stars centre forward Eric Ayiah on a five year contract, after beating off competition from elsewhere in Ligue 1 and Europe to the capture of his services. The 18-year-old has been heralded as a future star in the game, and the likes of Serie A outfit Udinese have been credited with interest in him for some time now. Monaco have spent big this summer and so while Ayiah may be a player they will seek to nurture and develop before throwing him into the first team – especially considering his age – they are ensuring the future availability of a real talent in bringing him in. Whether he arrives with the intention of internal development or if he is earmarked for a loan move away, Ayiah appears to be on the path to success.
He had been believed to have signed a pre-contract agreement with Porto at one stage, and then Udinese looked likely to snap him up. With the deal at Monaco being confirmed it puts an end to some considerable speculation about where he could end up next, and Ayiah can focus on doing what is asked of him and eventually breaking into Monaco’s first team. With fellow big name arrivals such as Aleksandr Golovin, Willem Geubbels, Jean-Eudes Aholou and Pelé also moving to Stade Louis II there will be a wonderful supply line for the likes of Radamel Falcao and Stevan Jovetic to feed off as Les Rouges et Blancs look to push Paris Saint-Germain for the title.
Ayiah spoke out in November admitting that he dreams of playing for Real Madrid, and so if that offer wasn’t on the table at this stage then in joining Monaco he has almost surely got himself into the mix with Champions League football coming back to Monaco again in the 2018/19 season. He had said that playing in Europe would be a dream of his but that ideally he would like to represent Los Blancos, and could therefore find himself lining up against them if he can get a spot in the first team in Europe’s premier continental competition. That tournament should, at least, provide him with a platform to announce his arrival at the top of the European game, and so this is a deal that should benefit all parties involved.
PSG won the Ligue 1 title last season by a 13 point margin, and so Monaco are clearly doing everything within their power to close that gap and at least gain some ground, if not overthrow the Parisians completely. The capture of Ayiah symbolises their aim really, considering it may take a little time but they should one day be in a position to catch the standard set last season.
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