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OGC Nice in advanced talks to sign AS Monaco’s Sofiane Diop

Sofiane Diop in action for AS Monaco

OGC Nice are closing in on a deal to sign Sofiane Diop from AS Monaco, according to Foot Mercato.

The 22-year-old versatile attacker is set to join Monaco’s fierce rivals Nice before the transfer window closes next week.

Diop is under contract with Monaco until 2026, but Nice are pushing to sign the playmaker. The Aiglons want to strengthen their squad for Lucien Favre.

Nice qualified for the group stage of the Europa Conference League and are keen on adding enough quality to their squad to help them compete on all fronts.

They recently completed the loan transfer of Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe and have now swooped for Diop.

He made 45 appearances for Monaco last season. The fleet-footed star racked up nine goals and seven assists.

Diop joined the Monegasques in 2018 and broke into the first team a few months later. He enjoyed his breakout season in 2020/21, netting seven goals and three assists.

He has struggled to break into Philippe Clement’s XI this season. scoring once in his solitary one appearance.

Diop will now move to Nice, where he will compete for the left spot in attack with talisman Amine Gouiri. The pair know each other well from their time with the France youth set-up.

He can also play in midfield behind the forward line and will add some much-needed creativity to the Nice squad.

Despite sealing qualification to play in Europe, Nice have not started their domestic campaign. convincingly.

They kicked off against league newcomers Toulouse and needed a late goal from Aaron Ramsey to earn a draw.

They have also drawn with Strasbourg and lost to Clermont Foot. There have also been clashes between Favre and sports director Iain Moody over transfer targets.

With Nice keen on establishing themselves as European giants under the INEOS management, they will need to turn the tide around in their upcoming games.

Nice face high-flying Olympique de Marseille this weekend.

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