Newly promoted French side AS Monaco are preparing to sign a further three European champions.

The Monte Carlo club's tax-haven status and backing from billionaire oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev has meant that they are close to purchasing Radamel Falcao, Victor Valdes and Branislav Ivanovic, the French newspaper Le Parisien has revealed.

The Colombia international striker - contracted to stay at Atletico Madrid until 2016 - and Barcelona's Spanish goalkeeper were in Monaco on Monday to negotiate their moves to the cash-rich Ligue 1 club, according to sources close to the Principality.

Falcao, a Europa League winner with Los Rojiblancos in 2012, and Valdes, who has won a full compliment of Spanish honours as well as the Champions League at the Nou Camp, will both spend today undergoing medicals at the Stade Louis II ground.

The 27-year-old attacker, netting 28 goals in 34 appearances this campaign, has been mooted as Monaco's star player for next season - alongside compatriot James Rodriguez who joined in a combined 70 million euros bid, including Joao Moutinho.

La Liga's third top goalscorer, behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, is set to become the most expensive player in French football history, after Monaco agreed to pay an estimated 60 million euros for the player in a lucrative five-year deal.

Meanwhile, Valdes - the current FIFA World Cup winning stopper and European champion with the Spanish national team - recently told reporters of his willingness to find a new challenge within football and sign for another ambitious European club.

Elsewhere, Chelsea full-back Branislav Ivanovic is rumoured to be on the verge of leaving the current Europa League holders and becoming a key defensive player for Claudio Ranieri's side, though new boss Jose Mourinho wants to keep the Serb.


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