From Mbappe to Tchouameni - How Monaco made more than €1.3 billion in transfer sales

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Monaco are rightly regarded as one of the best clubs in the world at developing and improving players, as the quality of their outgoings since 2000 underlines...

Monaco boast one of the most productive talent factories in football.

The likes of Kylian Mbappe, Benoit Badiashile, Laywin Kurzawa have come out of the Ligue 1 club's famed youth academy.

However, they have also gained a well-deserved reputation for spotting potential superstars and resurrecting the careers of top talents who have fallen on hard times.

The likes of James Rodriguez, Youri Tielemans, Bernardo Silva, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar secured big-money moves after honing or showcasing their skills at the Stade Louis II.

Indeed, Aurelien Tchouameni, who joined Real Madrid for €100 million (£85m/$107m) this summer, is just the latest player to leave Monaco for a massive fee...

Monaco's biggest transfer sales by season since 2000


Biggest sale


Total sales


Aurelien Tchouameni




Benjamin Henrichs




Kevin N'Doram




Youri Tielemans




Kylian Mbappe




Benjamin Mendy




Ivan Cavaleiro




Anthony Martial




James Rodriguez




Ibrahima Toure




Vladimir Koman




Chu-young Park








Djamel Bakar




Jeremy Menez




Yaya Toure




Javier Chevanton




Emmanuel Adebayor




Jerome Rothen




Rafael Marquez




Christian Panucci




Philippe Christanval




David Trezeguet




€1.3b (Approx)

Monaco top 10 most expensive sales

  1. Tiemoue Bakayoko | €40m | Chelsea | 2017

    #10 Tiemoue Bakayoko | €40m | Chelsea | 2017

    Bakayoko joined Monaco in 2014 as a 19-year-old and went on to spend three seasons with the club.

    Though the French midfielder did not have a smooth start to life at Monaco, he would become a regular in the 2016-17 season as he played an integral role in Monaco's Ligue 1 title-winning campaign.

    Unsurprisingly, the continent's big guns then came calling and Chelsea snapped him up for €40m.

  2. Youri Tielemans | €45m | Leicester City | 2019

    #9 Youri Tielemans | €45m | Leicester City | 2019

    Youri Tielemans had made a name for himself in Belgium with Anderlecht before moving to Monaco in the summer of 2017 for a fee of €25m.

    After a slow start to life in Ligue 1, Tielemans clicked into gear and the stylish midfielder made 65 appearances for Monaco in one-and-a-half seasons, scoring six goals in the process, with five of them coming in the 2018-19 season.

    In January 2019, Leicester City signed him for €45m as Monaco made a healthy profit on the Belgian star.

  3. Fabinho | €45m | Liverpool | 2018

    #8 Fabinho | €45m | Liverpool | 2018

    Fabinho made his professional debut at Real Madrid Castilla while he was on loan from Rio Ave, but he made his bones at Monaco.

    He spent his first two seasons at the Stade Louis II on loan (2013-15) before signing permanently for the French club.

    Initially a marauding right-back, Fabinho transitioned into a defensive midfield role and impressed enough to earn himself a move to Liverpool in 2018.

    He would go on to win the Premier League and Champions League win the Reds.

  4. Bernardo Silva | €50m | Manchester City | 2017
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    #7 Bernardo Silva | €50m | Manchester City | 2017

    A Benfica youth product, Bernardo Silva truly stepped into the spotlight after signing for Monaco in 2014.

    He initially joined on a season-long loan deal, which was made permanent the following year.

    The versatile attacking midfielder was brilliant for Monaco in the 2016-17 season, registering 11 goals and 12 assists in all competitions and playing a key role in their Ligue 1 triumph.

    His fine form caught the eye of Pep Guardiola, who promptly brought him to Manchester City.

  5. Benjamin Mendy | €57.5m | Manchester City | 2017
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    #6 Benjamin Mendy | €57.5m | Manchester City | 2017

    Bernardo Silva was not the only Monaco player Manchester City signed in the summer of 2017 as they also swooped to make full-back Benjamin Mendy the costliest defender in the world at the time.

    Mendy had only arrived from Marseille the year before but he had been key to them pipping PSG to the 2016-17 Ligue 1 title, drawing widespread attention for his forways down the left flank.

  6. Anthony Martial | €60m | Manchester United | 2015

    #5 Anthony Martial | €60m | Manchester United | 2015

    Anthony Martial arrived at Monaco from Lyon in 2013 as a talented but raw 17-year-old attacker.

    However, in just over two seasons at Monaco, he impressed Manchester United sufficiently to secure a transfer to Old Trafford in the summer of 2015.

    United paid €60m for his services, making Martial, who was 19 at the time, the most expensive teenage signing in history.

    The versatile winger had scored 12 goals in all competitions the season before but, despite a promising start to his Premier League career, Martial failed to live up to expectations.

  7. Thomas Lemar | €72m | Atletico Madrid | 2018

    #4 Thomas Lemar | €72m | Atletico Madrid | 2018

    Thomas Lemar signed Monaco as a 20-year-old from Caen in 2015.

    In the three years he spent at Monaco, the attacking midfielder built himself a reputation as a dangerous winger and he was unsurprisingly linked to some of Europe's biggest clubs.

    His best season at Monaco was the 2016-17 campaign when he helped the club win the Ligue 1 title, scoring 14 goals in all competitions in the process.

    After a period of constant speculation, Lemar was eventually bought by Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.

  8. James Rodriguez | €75m | Real Madrid | 2014

    #3 James Rodriguez | €75m | Real Madrid | 2014

    The Colombian attacking midfielder spent only one season at Monaco, after joining in 2013 from Porto.

    He was one of the game's rising stars even then and cost Monaco €45m, making him one of the club's costliest purchases.

    He had an impressive debut season, though, leading the Ligue 1 charts for assists and he continued that form at the 2014 World Cup, scoring six goals for Colombia and winning the Golden Boot.

    Those performances persuaded Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to make him a Galactico for €80m.

  9. Aurelien Tchouameni | €100m | Real Madrid | 2022
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    #2 Aurelien Tchouameni | €100m | Real Madrid | 2022

    A Bordeaux academy graduate, Tchouameni made the move to Monaco as a talented youngster in 2020.

    However, within two seasons in the principality, he managed to turn the heads of Europe's biggest clubs.

    Such was the impact of the midfielder that he was named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year for two consecutive seasons. In addition, he was the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year in 2020-21.

    Numerous clubs in the Premier League were credited with an interest in him. However, in the end, Real Madrid and PSG were the two clubs battling it out in a race to sign him, and the former eventually prevailed after agreeing a deal that could be worth up to €100m to Monaco.

  10. Kylian Mbappe | €180m | PSG | 2018

    #1 Kylian Mbappe | €180m | PSG | 2018

    Kylian Mbappe is the biggest transfer sale in the history of Monaco by a comfortable margin.

    The academy graduate made his professional debut as a precocious 16-year-old in December 2015 and has been wowing the footballing world ever since.

    His impressive goalscoring exploits, especially in the 2016-17 season where he helped Monaco win the Ligue 1 title and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League, made sure it would only be matter of time before a huge transfer bid came in.

    In the summer of 2017, Real Madrid and PSG were both keen on signing him, but Mbappe ended up moving to the Parc des Princes on a season-long loan ahead of a €180m permanent transfer the following year, which made him the second-most expensive player, after PSG team-mate Neymar.

    To put the deal in perspective, Mbappe's sale alone represents over 10 per cent of Monaco's transfer income from the past 22 years!