If the first leg at the Etihad Stadium is anything to go by, Monaco’s Champions League clash with Manchester City on Wednesday night should be an absolute cracker.
Last month produced an eight-goal thriller in Manchester as Pep Guardiola’s side went 3-2 down but managed to overturn the deficit to boast a two-goal lead for the return leg later this week.
Although they came away trailing on aggregate, Monaco’s brave attacking performance, coupled with the copious young stars involved, has pushed the side to the forefront of attention around the continent and lead to plenty of speculation over the futures of their biggest talents.
With that in mind and another goal-fest seemingly inevitable, we asked Chelsea fans earlier this week to vote for which Monaco stars their Blues compatriots should be keeping an eye out for.
The results are now in, so here’s a rundown of the top three…
One of the less obvious stars of Monaco’s free-scoring squad, Valere Germain featured only from the bench against City at the Etihad Stadium and isn’t considered to be one of Leonardo Jardim’s biggest talents – uncapped for France at the age of 26.
Nonetheless, the forward has proved a useful partner to Radamel Falcao this term, netting nine times in Ligue 1, and with his contract due to expire at the end of next season, he could prove to be a bit of a bargain if the Blues unexpectedly swoop this summer.
Tiemoue Bakayoko will be disappointed with his contributions against Manchester City last month, failing to protect a backline that conceded five times at the Etihad Stadium.
However, the 22-year-old holding midfielder has been earning rave reviews all season and is a crucial figure for Monaco at the base of the engine room, some even comparing him to the Citizens’ Yaya Toure.
Powerful, quick and a real menace when running with the ball, the Frenchman seems like a future Premier League star in the making.
Attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva ranked top in our poll, perhaps due to the fact Chelsea are already in talks to sign him according to recent reports from The Times.
A tricky No.10 who likes to move inside from wide positions, the Portugal international would be perfect for the right forward role in Chelsea’s front three, offering a similar kind of service to Eden Hazard on the other flank.
The 22-year-old hasn’t always made his mark in the Champions League this term, but seven goals and six assists in 28 Ligue 1 outings highlights the impact he can have from attacking midfield.