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Monaco splash out €70m on Moutinho, Rodríguez

Published: Friday 24 May 2013, 17.35CET
AS Monaco FC have wasted little time strengthening for their return to the French top flight, paying FC Porto €70m for midfielder João Moutinho and forward James Rodríguez.
Monaco splash out €70m on Moutinho, Rodríguez
João Moutinho (left) and James Rodríguez will team up again at Monaco ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Friday 24 May 2013, 17.35CET

Monaco splash out €70m on Moutinho, Rodríguez

AS Monaco FC have wasted little time strengthening for their return to the French top flight, paying FC Porto €70m for midfielder João Moutinho and forward James Rodríguez.

In a statement of intent ahead of their return to Ligue 1, AS Monaco FC have signed João Moutinho and James Rodríguez from FC Porto for a combined fee of €70m.

Both players have agreed a five-year contract with the principality club, who were relegated from the French top flight in 2011. Former Sporting Clube de Portugal midfielder Moutinho, 26, and ex-CA Banfield forward Rodríguez were key men in Porto pipping SL Benfica to the Liga title this season, the Dragons' third successive championship triumph.

The fee for 21-year-old Colombia striker Rodríguez, €45m, accounts for the majority of Monaco's vast outlay. The pair arrived at the Estádio do Dragão in summer 2010, winning, aside from a hat-trick of Liga crowns, the Portuguese Cup, Super Cup and 2011 UEFA Europa League.

Last updated: 30/05/13 10.26CET

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