Monaco look to youth
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Monaco are believed to be ready to embark on a summer of rebuilding.
Monaco are believed to be ready to embark on a summer of rebuilding after a miserable season thus far and their emphasis will be on youth.
The Principality side have shown precious little of the type of form that once saw them win their way through to a UEFA Champions League final, with their chances of European qualification for next season looking sparse.
Lyon starlet Francois Clerc, who is currently stalling on a contract offer from the champions, is believed to be a primary target although they will first have to beat off competition from fellow admirers Marseille and Nantes.
Also on Monaco's wish list is France Under-21 international Yoann Gourcuff who has excelled as a forward for Rennes this term.
Gourcuff has emerged as one of Ligue 1's emerging talents and like Clerc is not short of suitors with Lyon, Auxerre and Arsenal all credited with an interest.