Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan set for Monaco

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.

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