Having gained promotion from Ligue 2 AS Monaco, have wasted no time, signing some of the biggest stars in world football thanks to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.
At the start of the summer Monaco captured the signature of Porto duo Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez for €70m, then captured the biggest transfer of the summer in Atletico Madrid's goal machine Radamel Falcao for £51m. They have also managed to capture Ricardo Carvalho, Jeremy Toulalan and Eric Abidal.
Having spent more than £100m on summer transfers, Monaco are still looking to add to their squad and have been linked with more superstars. This type of spending shows the intent of Monaco to challenge for silverware next season. Claudio Ranieri is a very good manager and is used to managing star players so it is expected that he will be able to get his stars to work together as a team.
Monaco are not the only big spending French club, as current Ligue 1 Champions PSG are looking to strengthen their squad and has been heavily linked with Edinson Cavani. At the start of next season French football may well have two of the best strikers in the world, in the form of Falcao and Cavani.
The French league will certainly heat up in 2013/14 as Monaco seek to conquer Ligue 1 - but they will have to overcome the likes of PSG, Marseille and Lyon first.
However, they will certainly fancy their chances after capturing some of the biggest name in world football.
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