'£43m is not enough': Romano says Chelsea will have to spend even more if they're to sign 'special' midfielder

Fabrizio Romano has explained that Chelsea may need to drum up more cash if they are to sign Aurelien Tchouameni this summer.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Romano revealed that the price tag for the Monaco midfielder has risen again in coordination with the growing interest around his signature.

Tchouameni chatter

Tchouameni will be the subject of major transfer talk in the next window.

The 22-year-old is one of Europe’s most in-demand treasures, having built up a massive reputation in Ligue 1 and with the French national team.

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His Monaco contract does not expire until 2024, but the probability of him reaching that date remains pretty slim.

A majority of the continent’s big hitters are looking in his direction, hoping to lure him with the promise of Champions League football.

Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have unsurprisingly been tipped as the two teams most likely to land Tchouameni.

Manchester City are also reportedly prepared to fling the cash at Monaco for their star player.

Chelsea were certainly in the running before the UK government sanctioned Roman Abramovich earlier this month, preventing any signings from entering Stamford Bridge until a new owner is installed.

Could Kante be the catalyst?

If Abramovich’s successor can be decided swiftly – good joke – then the Blues could buy another ticket for the Tchouameni raffle.

However, they better prepare themselves for not only a bidding war, but one that might reach eye-raising figures.

“This boy is special. The price, €50m (£43m), is not enough now,” said Romano.

“They need more than this if they want to sign Tchouameni in the summer. But, let’s see because it will be one of the big names on the market.”

Whilst Chelsea should have no issue finding the finances to cover the cost once Abramovich is replaced, they might want to lean upon another element in their pursuit of Tchouameni.

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He recently spoke glowingly about fellow Frenchman N’Golo Kante, after the pair joined forces on the international stage.

“It is a pleasure to have N’Golo again (in the France squad). He congratulated me for my goal, we discussed it and we are very happy to have him,” Tchouameni said.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.