Chelsea have reportedly moved ahead of Juventus in the race for Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni.
Tuttosport claims the Blues are currently bettering Juve’s efforts to land the midfielder’s allegiance.
Between the two European colossuses, Liverpool, Manchester United and potentially yet more major clubs, there’s set to be an almighty tussle over Tchouameni when the January window opens for business.
The 21-year-old is hot property right now, with his stock continuing to soar as the days rumble by.
He became a Nations League champion last night after helping France fight back against Spain.
Monaco man under the microscope
Now admired by the international community, Monaco will struggle to lock down their prized possession for much longer.
His contract doesn’t expire until 2024 but such barriers have never prevented teams like Chelsea from getting their way before.
If the money is right, the Ligue 1 side may find itself relinquishing Tchouameni more easily than expected.
Of course, there will be some resistance from their end.
Tchouameni is Monaco’s most important component without a doubt; he hasn’t missed a game for them this season.
“We’re very happy to have him with us at Monaco,” said Les Monégasques manager Niko Kovac.
“He’s becoming a real leader in this team.”
Despite his youthful appearance, Tchouameni has matured into a fine specimen and an example to his senior teammates.
Rarely injured or absent, the Rouen-raised superstar is a coach’s dream.
And that reliability is something Chelsea are looking for in their N’Golo Kante successor.
Kante’s regular trips to the treatment table have caused concerned whispers to circulate about his longevity.
Combined with the Parisian’s age – he turned 30 in March – the Blues are beginning to examine the market for long-term alternatives.