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Monaco rule out Messi & Ronaldo bids

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Monaco have dismissed suggestions they could move for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer transfer window, claiming the superstar duo are unlikely to be sold by Barcelona or Real Madrid.

The Ligue 2 champions have been making waves in the transfer market already having acquired the services of Ricardo Carvalho, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, and are expected to add Chelsea target Radamel Falcao to their ranks.

Monaco's significant spending power - funded by the billions of Dmitry Rybolovlev - has led to links with both Messi and Ronaldo, although the newly promoted Ligue 1 outfit realise claiming the signatures of the prized duo would be beyond them.

"Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not very realistic options. I don't think they are for sale," Monaco general director Filips Dhondt told Het Nieuwsblad.

"Monaco are a strong brand, though, just like Paris [Saint-Germain]. The [tax-free] region is a plus for us and players will take that into consideration when making a decision.

"We will not be signing an entire team as we already have a strong core. We might sign four, five, or perhaps six players, but only players we really need. 

"We could use some reinforcements in defence. Don't believe everything you read in L'Equipe, though."

Despite Dhondt's assertion that Real Madrid would not sell Ronaldo, speculation about the future of the former Manchester United star continues to persist.

Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Old Trafford after a season of uncertainty at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Manchester United are reported to be considering a bid for his services.

Chelsea, meanwhile, has also been touted as a potential destination for Ronaldo, with Jose Mourinho reported to be keen to bring the 28-year-old to Stamford Bridge upon his return to west London.

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