Report: Chelsea remain keen on signing £50m midfielder, but ownership issues may cause them to miss out to Real Madrid
Chelsea are reportedly still keen on signing Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni, but have been dealt a blow to their hopes of getting him.
According to 90min, Chelsea have held a long-term interest in the 22-year-old Frenchman.
The Blues were in discussions with the midfielder about a deal last summer, but now want to reignite that interest. Unfortunately, the club’s failure to sort the new ownership yet could cause them to miss out as rival clubs make their moves.
The report explains Real Madrid and Liverpool have now swooped in with approaches ahead of the summer transfer window. They’ve both spoken with Monaco and registered their interest.
Apparently, French club Monaco don’t want to budge on their €60million (£50.6million) valuation.
Tchouameni’s a highly-rated defensive midfielder with 46 appearances so far this season across all competitions, which includes games in Europe. He’s earned eight senior caps at international level for France, too.
There’s been a long chain of success stories from Monaco in recent years, including Liverpool’s defensive midfielder Fabinho.
On paper, Tchouameni looks like he would add a lot to Chelsea’s midfield options. The club’s hands are tied behind their back until they get new owners, though.
Blues star Jorginho regularly plays as the deeper holding central midfielder. His future will reportedly be to stay at Stamford Bridge for now.
Elsewhere, the likes of Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are first-team options vying for a spot in the starting line-up.
There’s also the brilliant Conor Gallagher that will return from his loan in the summer, who Rio Ferdinand has tipped to emulate Mason Mount.
It feels like there are other areas of the pitch that need fixing first like at centre-back and the forward positions. However, it would be quite the blow to miss out on Aurelien Tchouameni.