Monaco join Arsenal in race to sign Ashley Cole

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Monaco have joined Arsenal and Real Madrid in the race to sign Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole.

Reports in France suggest the Ligue 1 outfit are interested in signing Cole on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Cole, who came back into the fold against Atletico Madrid last night due to Branislav Ivanovic's Champions League suspension, is out of contract at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old looks set to leave the Blues in the summer after falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge following Jose Mourinho's return to west London.

Cole has started just 12 Premier League games so far this season as Mourinho has instead chosen to play right-sided full-back Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back.

The former Arsenal man's lack of action could cost him a spot in Roy Hodgson's England squad as Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw have performed admirably - for Everton and Southampton respectively - on a weekly basis.

Monaco, who are seven points behind current Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain, will be looking to close the gap on their fellow title contenders during the summer.

Cole's wealth of experience and all-round quality would be a step in the right direction for Monaco and would provide the veteran defender with one last contract before he decides to hang up his boots.

Monaco will have to compete with both Arsenal and Real Madrid if they are to land Cole as both sides have expressed their interest in signing the England international. 

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