SC Braga to AS Monaco
According to reports, Braga youth prospect Gil Dias has agreed to a January transfer to Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco for a fee believed to be around 5 million euros. Earlier in the season, there were hints that a deal had already been agreed between the two clubs, and that Dias would spend the first half of the season in Portugal before moving to France in January. More recent reports suggest that that rumor may turn out to be true, with Dias set to join fellow countrymen Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, and Ricardo Carvalho at Monaco soon.
For the average Portuguese football fan, Gil Dias is not a recognizable name – at least not yet. A virtual unknown before last season, Gil Dias was instrumental in the Braga U-19’s run that saw them win the 2013/2014 U19 National Championship, ahead of the likes of Porto, Benfica, and Sporting. It was an unexpected victory from a fairly obscure Braga team, and Dias was at the heart of it all.
Dias is represented by Jorge Mendes’s player agency, GestiFute. Mendes has made quite a reputation for himself in recent years as one of the world’s premier “super agents.” Players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, and James Rodriguez are all represented by GestiFute, and Mendes has secured huge money moves for all of these players to the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United, and, would you guess it, Monaco. So with experience in dealing with transfers to Monaco (James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao moved from Porto in 2013), it comes as little surprise that Dias is being linked to the French club. In addition to previous club connections, Mendes also has ties to Leonardo Jardim, the head coach of Monaco. When Jardim was the head coach of Sporting Lisbon last season, star players such as Adrien Silva, Rui Patricio, and William Carvalho were all represented by GestiFute. This season, all three Portuguese players at Monaco (Ricardo Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, and Bernardo Silva) are represented by Jorge Mendes. Clearly, a move to Monaco for Gil Dias was on the cards.
The details of the transfer a bit hazy, however. Some reports claim that Dias has been sharing time between Braga and Monaco so far this season, which could very well be true. Most reports claim that both clubs were waiting for the midfielder to turn 18, which would allow the transfer to move forward. Once Dias turned 18 this past September, he moved to Monaco, where he has reportedly been training ever since. Dias will sign a 5-year contract, and will be available for head coach Leonardo Jardim in January.