Chelsea are “closely monitoring” AS Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni with a potential transfer approach next summer in mind, according to Le Parisien.
The 21-year-old’s meteoric rise since joining Monaco from Bordeaux for a reported fee of £16million (The Guardian) has been nothing short of impressive.
It is not only that he has established himself as a key player for the Monaco side, but he has also broken into the France national set-up despite plenty of competition for midfield spots.
He attracted a lot of attention from outside France after being named Ligue 1’s young player of the season — the same award won by the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Eden Hazard in the past.
Unsurprisingly, Chelsea have been keeping an eye on the midfielder and might make their move at the end of the season, according to Le Parisien.
‘Has potential to become complete midfielder’
Tchouameni himself was also linked with a move to London club last summer. Well, former Blue Cesc Fabregas even had his say to the rumours in June.
“He has the potential to become a complete midfielder,” Fabregas said on Twitter when asked about the rumoured Chelsea’s interest in Tchouameni.
“[A] modern midfield player.”
In the end, nothing materialised, and Chelsea brought in Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid on the deadline day instead.
Given N’Golo Kante’s recent injury record and Saul’s poor start so far, it makes sense if Chelsea have begun their search for a potential new midfielder, as the report suggests.
Chelsea, however, are not the only team monitoring the Bordeaux academy product. The French publication also mentioned Manchester United and Liverpool among interested parties.