Chelsea have reportedly made contact with French top-flight club Monaco about their star player Aurelien Tchouameni.
According to ESPN, the Blues have registered an interest in the 21-year-old in the past. Chelsea are on “good terms” with the player’s agent Jonathan Kebe, too.
It is understood that it will take at least £42million (€50million) for Monaco to even start negotiations about any potential sale in future.
The report details that scouts from Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are all eyeing the young French midfielder.
ESPN’s report comes days after Le Parisien reported that Chelsea are “closely monitoring” Tchouameni ahead of a potential approach next summer.
Tchouameni has “extraordinary technical and physical quality”, according to France international teammate Paul Pogba.
Chelsea fans should hope for Tchouameni transfer
Of course, Chelsea’s midfield area isn’t one that needs to serious repair on.
Thomas Tuchel’s Blues can call upon the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic as top-class central midfielders.
However, Tchouameni is an emerging talent that looks destined for the top.
The all-action defensive midfielder looks wise beyond his years and has already looked the part when representing World Cup champions France on the senior international stage.
He could be a genuine long-term successor to N’Golo Kante, who looks like he still has plenty more years left in the tank for now.
If Tchouameni leaves Monaco, you’d expect it to be for a massive fee.
Squad in happy place
Chelsea’s squad looks one of the most impressive in the entire Premier League.
For Tuchel, he got his one mega signing in the summer with the addition of centre-forward Romelu Lukaku.
The London club should be able to operate on one huge addition per summer if they can keep the nucleus of the squad together, rather than bringing in loads of new faces each season.
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