Report: France international comments on potential summer transfer move amid Chelsea interest
Reported Chelsea transfer target Aurelien Tchouameni has had his say about potentially leaving AS Monaco and French Ligue 1 in the summer.
The 22-year-old, who has averaged over five tackles and interceptions per game in Ligue 1 this season, has unsurprisingly attracted a lot of interest from European top clubs in the last couple of years.
The list of interested parties reportedly includes Chelsea, who see the young midfielder as one of their three priority summer targets.
Obviously, as it stands, Chelsea are still operating under a licence granted by the UK government that does not allow them to offer contracts or sign new players, but this may soon change ahead of an expected change of ownership at the club.
Tchouameni himself is under contract with Monaco until 2024, and he remains unsure about leaving the club.
“I don’t know,” the France international said when asked whether he needs to move abroad to go to the next step of his France career (via L’Equipe).
“Maybe it’s a discussion I need to have with the coach.
“From what I see, you don’t necessarily have to play for [Manchester] City or Real [Madrid] to be a regular in the national team.
“We see it with Wissam Ben Yedder who is at Monaco with me. It’s not an obstacle to play at ASM.
“I am very happy there. In any case, it’s not a question I asked myself.”
His fellow French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga has already made the leap and joined Real Madrid, and Tchouameni is expected to join one of these elite clubs sooner rather than later.
Chelsea are not in a favourable position in the race to sign the former Ligue 1 young player of the season due to uncertainty around the club’s ownership, but they had reportedly done some of the work prior to the sanctioning of Roman Abramovich.
Reliable journalist Matt Law previously claimed that Chelsea have a good relationship with Tchouameni’s agents, who also represent Sevilla star Jules Kounde.