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

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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

Season

Biggest sale

Fee

Total sales

2022-23

Aurelien Tchouameni

€100m

€103m

2021-22

Benjamin Henrichs

€15m

€34.75m

2020-21

Kevin N'Doram

€4.5m

€13.5m

2019-20

Youri Tielemans

€45m

€83.75m

2018-19

Kylian Mbappe

€180m

€367.25m

2017-18

Benjamin Mendy

€57.5m

€199.5m

2016-17

Ivan Cavaleiro

€8m

€18.5m

2015-16

Anthony Martial

€60m

€175.4m

2014-15

James Rodriguez

€75m

€89.1m

2013-14

Ibrahima Toure

€3.75m

€5.6m

2012-13

Vladimir Koman

€2m

€3.5m

2011-12

Chu-young Park

€6.5m

€23m

2010-11

Nene

€5m

€14.1m

2009-10

Djamel Bakar

€2.5m

€6.1m

2008-09

Jeremy Menez

€12m

€22.7m

2007-08

Yaya Toure

€9m

€21.8m

2006-07

Javier Chevanton

€8.9m

€24.6m

2005-06

Emmanuel Adebayor

€10m

€21.5m

2004-05

Jerome Rothen

€10m

€18.5m

2003-04

Rafael Marquez

€5.25m

€5.25m

2002-03

Christian Panucci

€9.8m

€10.1m

2001-02

Philippe Christanval

€17m

€38.9m

2000-01

David Trezeguet

€23.2m

€50.5m

Total

€1.3b (Approx)

Monaco top 10 most expensive sales

  • Tiemoue Bakayoko MonacoGetty

    10Tiemoue 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.

  • Youri Tielemans Monaco Dijon

    9Youri 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.

  • Fabinho Monaco Lille Ligue 1 14052016Gettyimages

    8Fabinho | €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.

  • Bernardo Silva Monaco Guingamp Ligue 1 30/04/2016Getty Images

    7Bernardo 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.

  • Benjamin Mendy Monaco Ligue 1Getty Images

    6Benjamin 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.

  • Bernardo Silva Anthony Martial Monaco Marseille Ligue 1 14122014Gettyimages

    5Anthony 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.

  • Thomas Lemar Monaco

    4Thomas 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.

  • James Rodriguez MonacoGetty

    3James 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.

  • Tchouameni(C)Getty Images

    2Aurelien 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.

  • Kylian Mbappe Monaco Bordeaux Ligue 1 11032017

    1Kylian 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!