Monaco players who thrived in the PL as Liverpool eye Tchouameni move

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Liverpool are reportedly interested in AS Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni, with the French international catching the eye of many big clubs this season.

At 22, the midfielder has been one of the standout names in France this campaign, with reports suggesting that the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid are both heavily interested in signing Tchouameni, who could leave for €60m (£51m).

A complete midfielder with the potential to become a superstar, Tchouameni is one of the most exciting players to come from Monaco in some time, and the youngster could be the next name to join the impressive list of Premier League stars who joined the league from the Ligue 1 side.

Here are just five players who made the leap from Monaco to the Premier League and flourished in the English top-flight, a list that Liverpool will be hopeful of adding Tchouameni to in the coming years.

Patrice Evra

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One of the best left-backs to ever play in the Premier League and during his peak the best fullback in world football, Patrice Evra took Manchester United by storm after joining the club from Monaco in January 2005.

Blessed with incredible athleticism and one of the earliest examples of the modern-day fullback, Evra was a cornerstone for Sir Alex Ferguson’s United squad that dominated the mid-2000s up to 2013, with very few left-backs in the Premier League since even coming close to the quality the former Monaco star had in the English top-flight.

Yaya Toure

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Another Monaco product who changed his role in football, Yaya Toure was a revelation for Manchester City after joining the club in 2010, with the Ivory Coast star a key reason behind the club’s huge ascendancy in the Premier League.

His 20 goals in the 2013/14 season remains the second-highest tally ever for a midfielder in a single Premier League campaign, and Toure’s style of grace, flair and physicality made the City star one of the most complete players in the division during his peak.

Bernardo Silva

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Bernardo Silva’s role in Monaco’s run to the 2017 UEFA Champions League semi-finals saw City fork out £60m for the Portuguese midfielder. And in the long-term, the move has proven to be one of the best Pep Guardiola has made during his time with the Manchester giants.

Silva has been one of City’s best performers since arriving five years ago, and whilst a Champions League title still alludes the club and the 27-year-old, the former Monaco star has been influential for the side over the past few seasons.

Fabinho

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Fabinho is currently Liverpool’s latest signing from Monaco, and if the Reds come through in their interest in Tchouameni and the Frenchman is even as half as good as what the Brazilian has been for the Merseyside club, it would be considered a success.

The versatile defensive midfielder has been one of Liverpool’s best players in recent years and has played big roles in the club’s Champions League and Premier League triumphs, something Fabinho will be looking to repeat this season after winning the League Cup and FA Cup, as well.

Youri Tielemans

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Once hailed as one of the most exciting prospects in Europe, Youri Tielemans made the move to Monaco after breaking through at R.S.C. Anderlecht, though the Belgian wasn’t too impressive during his time in Ligue 1, and so a £40m move to Leicester City was in order.

And the decision proved to be the best decision Tielemans has made so far in his career, with the midfielder developing into a top player in his position and the likes of Arsenal now reportedly interested in signing the Belgian international this summer.

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