Having stolen a march on Chelsea in the race to sign Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, the free-spending French club are preparing to raid both Manchester giants this summer
By Duncan Castles
Monaco are considering moves for both Carlos Tevez and Patrice Evra as the Ligue 2 champions-elect construct a team intended to win France's top division at the first attempt next season.
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Dmitry Rybolovlev has also been offered the opportunity to sign former South Korea captain Park Ji-Sung, thus potentially reuniting the trio who were such close companions in Sir Alex Ferguson's Premier League, Champions League and Club World Cup winning team of 2008.
The Russian investor, whose net worth is put at $9.1 billion by Forbes, intends to follow the Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain model by front-load spending to rapidly re-establish Monaco as a major force in the European game.
Tevez is entering the final year of a contract worth an annual €7.5million after tax and though his behaviour and contribution at City have markedly improved this season, the English runners up would be happy to cash in on the Argentine's residual transfer value while making room on their wage bill for new signings.
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Evra rose to prominence in a Monaco team that eliminated Roman Abramovich's Chelsea to reach the 2004 Champions League final. The France international is understood to be intrigued by the possibility of a return to a club he represented for four seasons before establishing himself as the Premier League's best left-back.
Park's involvement in Queens Park Rangers' campaign was limited by a tendon problem that has now been resolved and, with the London club relegated to the Championship, is to be allowed to leave on a free transfer this summer. In addition to his intelligence and stamina as an elite-level midfielder, the South Korean's popularity in Asia brings significant commercial income to employers.
The Argentine-French-Korean trio became unlikely best friends during two seasons together at Old Trafford in which the club claimed back-to-back Premier League titles, one Champions League, one Fifa World Club Cup and a League Cup.