Report: Chelsea have made move to sign £52m player, want to find out his answer very soon

Chelsea are reportedly waiting to hear back from Aurelien Tchouameni in regards to his future at Monaco.

According to Marca, the Stamford Bridge hierarchy have made an inquiry about the young midfielder, hoping he can come to a ‘quick decision’.

Tchouameni certainly has a lot to think about ahead of the summer transfer window, judgement calls that cannot be made overnight.

He must choose whether to stay with Monaco, or move to one of the many clubs interested in signing him.

Thinking time for Tchouameni

At the moment, the leading candidates to prize the Frenchman away from Phillipe Clement are Real Madrid, Liverpool and the mighty Blues.

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Each team has its obvious lures, mainly that of Champions League football next season.

All except Chelsea, who still haven’t confirmed their qualification to the competition with three Premier League matches remaining.

They also cannot commit to making a definitive offer to Monaco for Tchouameni until the new ownership reign officially begins.

Todd Boehly was in attendance at Stamford Bridge on Saturday for the 2-2 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, watching the team he is potentially about to take over.

Once his consortium replaces Roman Abramovich, Boehly can start to reinvest into and revamp Thomas Tuchel’s squad, making them fit for a proper laegue title challenge.

There is quite a lot to sort out, made evident by the recent run of results that have made for pretty grim reading.

Plenty of change needed at Chelsea

With Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen set to depart South West London, a fresh wave of defenders definitely needs to be acquired.

N’Golo Kante and Jorginho only have a year left on their contracts, therefore central midfield also probably requires addressing.

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Step forward Tchouameni, who is very much in the mould of the modern midfielder; young, efficient, mature, reliable.

But a player of his standard obviously comes at a price.

Jonathan Jonson told the Liverpool Echo that Monaco have told suitors they must pay at least £42m for the France international, a figure that could rise to £52m if they qualify for the Champions League.

A pretty hefty sum, yet surely one Chelsea will look at favourably if it means snapping up one of Europe’s finest products.

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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.