AS Monaco have today announced the signing of powerful central defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin from fellow Ligue 1 club Valenciennes. 

The Principality club are looking to forge good terms with fellow French clubs in order to win their backing in the battle against the LFP's ruling that all Ligue 1 clubs must be based in France. 

Isimat-Mirin impressed throughout last season for Valenciennes and caught the eye of many of France and Europe's bigger clubs with it rumoured that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was contemplating a bid for the French defender as he looks to vastly improve the quality of Liverpool's backline.

The Meudon born central defender standing at 6 feet one inch will bring aerial and physical dominance to Monaco's defence next season, which will complement the clever ball playing midfielders Russian billionaire owner Dmitri Rybolovlev has already brought into the club so far this summer. 

Isimat-Mirin, at just 21 years old, is definitely a purchase with eyes firmly on the future for Monaco with the club looking to build a strong base of younger players as well as the expensive superstar names of Falcao and Joao Moutinho in order to ensure Monaco are seated at the top of France's Ligue 1 for the foreseeable future.

For a defender of such tender years Nicolas Isimat-Mirin brings a significant level of Ligue 1 experience to AS Monaco with the former Valenciennes player having made 29 top flight appearances last season at the heart of Les Athéniensdefence.

Isimat-Mirin who will wear the number twenty shirt for Monaco next season this morning spoke of his delight at joining the club via the Monaco's official website: "This is really a big thrill for me to get involved with AS Monaco FC. I feel a lot of joy... The club project is fantastic, I will give everything to prove that I deserve to be part of."

With the club still embroiled in a conflict with French football's governing body the LFP over whether or not Monaco can indeed take part in Ligue 1 next season it appears as though the club have looked to their fellow Ligue 1 clubs for support in the long running battle against the authorities. 

It is believed that Monaco may look to help clubs that are financially struggling by purchasing their better players for a fair market value rather than the reduced price they would have to be sold for if a bid from abroad came in, simply due to bring some funds into the club. 

It is hoped this charm offensive will persuade fellow Ligue 1 clubs to be lenient towards Monaco's avoidance of tax laws and Ligue 1 registration regulations and therefore put pressure on the LFP to allow Monaco to compete in next season's Ligue 1.

AS Monaco were handed a further punishment by the LFP yesterday morning as a result of crowd disturbances taking place at Stade Louis II at the end of last season in which a referee was assaulted by a supporter. 

The LFP have stated that Monaco will be given a three point deduction with one of the points suspended making it two at the beginning of whichever campaign they start, as well as being required to play one home fixture behind closed doors.


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