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Report: Rony Lopes Set to Join Monaco

Another promising MCFC youth player has moved on

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Promising youngster Rony Lopes who scored on his senior debut for the club in January 2013 will move to Monaco for £8.8m per James Robson of the Manchester Evening news.

Lopes has entered the final year of his contract and didn't seem anxious to renew despite the club's reported efforts to keep the 19 year-old attacking midfielder in Manchester. The young Brazilian-born Portuguese International spent last season on loan at Ligue Un club Lille where he excelled, making 27 first team appearances and scoring three goals.

With the stated goal of a more "holistic" approach to building the Blues side having been articulated by the management, it was assumed Lopes was a big part of that plan. However. the player himself having proved his value as a regular as high-level last season probably feels the time is right to get first team football for a club that will be competing in Europe this season.