AS Monaco have announced the signing of 19 year-old left-back Kassoum Ouattara from Ligue 2 side Amiens SC on a five year contract, tying the Under-20 French international to the Principality side until June, 2028.

The somewhat surprising signing follows the unfortunate ACL injury of Caio Henrique, which could see the Brazilian defender ruled out for the rest of the season, leaving a need for another left-back. In the meant time, Ismail Jakobs has filled in for Henrique, but will be absent for several weeks when he represents Senegal in the upcoming AFCON tournament.

Ouattara has already made 10 appearances for Amiens in the 2023/24 season prior to signing with Monaco. Solid performances since his professional debut at 17 have earned Ouattara multiple call-ups to represent ‘Les Bleues’, from the U18s in 2022 to the U20s, with whom he played his first match in a 2-2 draw to Denmark on September 8.

Monaco are believed to have paid two million euros for Ouattara’s signature, the value of which could well quadruple in the coming years.