AS Monaco's summer spending spree continued on Saturday when they announced the signing of Jeremy Toulalan from Malaga.
Toulalan, 29, has spent the last two campaigns in Spain with Malaga, helping the club reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season. But now he will return to Ligue 1 with Monaco following the ambitious club's promotion back to the top flight.
The midfielder played a total of 55 games in his two seasons at the Rosaleda, scoring three goals.
However a summer of change on the Costa del Sol, which has seen both former manager Manuel Pellegrini and star player Isco leave the club, could have convinced the former Lyon star that it was the right time to move on.
Toulalan will become the latest in a string of signings the super rich, newly promoted French side have made. Monaco have already captured the signatures of James Rodriguez, Joao Moutinho, Ricardo Carvalho and Radamel Falcao.
He has penned a two-year contract with Monaco with the option of a further year on top and will be presented on Monday.
Monaco sporting director Vadim Vasilyev said on his the club's official website: "We are happy with the signature of Jeremy. His skills, his European and international experience, will be an important asset for our team this season.''
The former Nantes player has won 36 caps for France.