How Real Madrid and Arsenal targets Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar's careers benefited from AS Monaco owner's divorce

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French football sensation Kylian Mbappe is hot property this summer.

The forward has made a name for himself at AS Monaco as one of the most talented goalscorers with his performances last season.

The 18-year old scored 15 goals and provided eight assists in Monaco’s title-winning season. Not just that, many have also drawn comparisons of him with Thierry Henry, another French football great.

Thanks to his abilities, Mbappe has grabbed a lot of interest from many top clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid and a few others in the ongoing transfer window.

Joining him as one of the most sought after Monaco players this summer is compatriot Thomas Lemar with Arsenal showing great interest in the Frenchman.

However, the two Monaco stars may just have a massive divorce settlement to thank for their rise to prominence.

The video below from Kick’s official YouTube channel explains how the divorce of the club’s owner Dimitry Rybolovlev forced the Ligue 1 outfit to change their approach and invest in youth.

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Francesco Totti confirms retirement and accepts AS Roma director role

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Francesco Totti

Francesco Totti has confirmed his retirement as a player by accepting a directorship role with Roma.

The 40-year-old Roman, who represented the Giallorossi for 24 years as a striker, played his last game for the Serie A club in May but his status since had been uncertain as he fielded offers.

In an interview published on Roma’s official website on Monday evening, Totti admitted his illustrious on-pitch career was a thing of the past and that a new life in football management awaited him.

He said: “The end of my playing career was May 28, 2017. That for me was an historic day.
“I’ll carry it with me forever. It will be hard to explain to people the feelings and emotions I felt that day.

“The first part of my life, as a player, has ended but now I’m heading into an equally important part as a manager, hoping to do as well as I did on the field.”

Totti made his debut as a 16-year-old in 1993 and won the Scudetto once, in 2001. His 786th and final appearance for Roma was as a substitute in a 3-2 league win over Genoa at the Olimpico.

He was reportedly close to making a swansong switch to China or Major League Soccer but has instead hung up his boots.

“I never wanted that game to end, that day to end,” said Totti, who is Roma’s all-time leading goalscorer with 307 in all competitions.

“For me it was too important, too significant, too exciting. “The game has given me so much and I tried to give so much back to the people who have showed me so much love day after day.

“Now I’ll try to make myself available at all 360 degrees, from the youth team to the president. It might take six months, a year, two years… I don’t know how long it will take to find the role I prefer.”

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Everton sign Cuco Martina from Southampton on a free transfer

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Cuco Martina

Everton’s busy transfer window shows no signs of letting up after they announced the signing of defender Cuco Martina from Southampton on a free transfer on Monday.

The 27-year-old has signed a three-year-deal at Goodison Park and again links up with manager Ronald Koeman, who coached him at the south-coast club.

Netherlands-born Martina, who captains Curacao at international level, becomes the Toffees’ seventh summer signing, joining Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez, Henry Onyekuru, Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane at the Premier League club.

Martina, who played 36 times for Southampton after arriving at the club from FC Twente in 2015, cited Everton’s ambition as the main reason for signing.

“Everton is a big club with big ambitions and I’m really looking forward to joining this group of players and the manager as we try to step forward next season,” Martina told the club website.

“Obviously, I know the manager from my time at Southampton, so I know what he wants and he knows what I can do.”

Everton boss Koeman said that Martina’s versatility was a big factor in making a move for the former Feyenoord youth player.

“Cuco Martina is an experienced player who can perform in different positions at the back, which is important,” Koeman said.

“I brought the player to Southampton, so I know what he can do for us here and this is why I’ve now brought him to Everton. He is a player who will strengthen our squad and be able to play in different positions when that’s needed, too.”

Martina has 30 international caps for the Caribbean former Dutch colony of Curacao, who were knocked out of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday.

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