Chelsea will seemingly not make a move for Aurelien Tchouameni or any other midfielders this summer due to Thomas Tuchel’s current outlook.
According to Goal, Tuchel is apparently content with his three first team central centurions, meaning signing a fourth is looking unlikely.
N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho make up one of the finest midfield trios in world football.
Displacing or replacing any of the trident would be difficult for a new player arriving at Stamford Bridge.
Even if they are of the pedigree that have been linked to Chelsea this transfer window.
Declan Rice’s name has been constantly mentioned, whilst Eduardo Camavinga looked like an outside possibility.
West Ham United appear to have priced Rice out of a move, whereas Camavinga is being heavily monitored by Manchester United.
Tchouameni off the target list?
Another, more probable option, was Monaco’s Tchouameni, who only joined the club last January for €17.5m (£15m).
The young Frenchman is already one of Europe’s hottest properties following a breakthrough campaign last year.
He played 42 times across all competitions and was named Ligue 1’s Young Player of the Season.
His managers have certainly recognised this sudden rise in the past 12 months.
“He’s taken on another dimension this season, especially in his use of the ball,” said France Under-21 boss Sylvain Ripoll.
“All his levels are up, but there has been a big change there.
“In addition to the athletic work he does, he’s a monster that hurts the opponent and springs forward when required.”
A change of scenery was always going to be on the cards for Tchouameni, with the Premier League an obvious destination.
90min reported that Chelsea were considering making a bid for the 21-year-old, a proposal Monaco would listen to.
However, based in Goal’s latest claim, it now appears doubtful the France star will be making his way to South West London.
Tuchel does have extra midfielders in reserve, through the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ethan Ampadu, or outsiders such as Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater.