Monaco are close to signing Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan in an €18m deal, according to multiple reports this weekend.
Marca cite reports from both L’Equipe and in Maripan’s native Chile that a deal is set to be processed in the coming days.
Maripan – who represented Chile at this summer’s Copa America tournament – has a €25m release clause in his contract – which had a further two years left to run – and was strongly linked with a move to West Ham earlier this summer.
He formed a solid partnership with Victor Laguardia at the heart of Abelardo Fernandez's defence, although the Coach has subsequently departed the Estadio Mendizorroza.
Maripan is a compatriot of Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini while Director of Football Mario Husillos was said to have been monitoring the Spain-based defender.
The 24-year-old joined the Basque club from Universidad Catolica in Chile in 2017 with transfermarkt reporting his value at €8m.
It has previously been reported that Alaves are lining up Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic as an affordable replacement.