According to the official websites of both Benfica and Monaco, American Freddy Adu has been loaned to AS Monaco (French first division) for one year with an option to buy. The deal was struck Monday night after several weeks of negotiations. Adu is expected to join his teammates at "The Rock" after the Olympics.
He will be one of three Americans playing in Ligue 1 this year, along with Carlos Bocanegra at Stade Rennais, and Andrew Jacobson at FC Lorient.
Monaco last won the French championship in 2000 and most recently were finalists in the 2004 UEFA Champion's League beating Real Madrid and Chelsea along the way.
What remains to be seen is whether Monaco will continue to pursue Heerenveen's Michael Bradley, who at last report was too expensive Monaco's taste (the club was asking 8.5 million Euros). Bradley is also being pursued by several English and German clubs, including Middelsbrough, Hamburger SV, and Bayer Leverkusen.