Chelsea and Juventus are in the transfer race to sign AS Monaco’s young midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, according to Tuttosport.
The two clubs are going to face each other in Turin on Wednesday for the UEFA Champions League Group H opening games.
Apparently, they have also been competing outside the pitch as well, Tuttosport claims.
Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini and manager Massimiliano Allegri are reportedly a big fan of Monaco’s highly-rated talent Tchouameni.
The Serie A club have even made an approach during the last summer transfer window, the report added. But it was reportedly met by Monaco’s “blunt” refusal to sell.
Juventus, however, have reportedly not given up on their pursuit for the France international. However, they are not the only horse in the race, as Chelsea have not given up on signing the midfielder either.
Various reports linked Chelsea with a potential move to sign Tchouameni last summer. However, they eventually decided to sign Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid on the deadline day, instead.
Tchouameni has potential to be ‘complete midfielder’
Given Kante’s recent injury record, an additional centre midfielder could prove useful for Chelsea.
At this point, it seems unlikely that they will activate the option to sign Saul permanently, and while Billy Gilmour is likely going to be part of Chelsea’s first-team squad next season, a talent like Tchouameni might be too good to miss out on.
Cesc Fabregas, who has played alongside Tchouameni at Monaco, even described him as an ideal “modern” midfielder.
“He has the potential to become a complete midfielder,” the 34-year-old said on Twitter when asked about Chelsea’s reported interest in Tchouameni.
To secure his signing, however, Chelsea might have to start making their moves. Tuttosport claims Juventus are planning to begin their transfer approach in January.