Real Madrid ‘turn attention to Aurelien Tchouameni after Kylian Mbappe snub’
After failing to sign Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid has allegedly increased their chase of Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.
Mbappe was generally anticipated to join Los Blancos on a free transfer this summer, but the France international confirmed on Saturday that he has signed a new contract in Paris until 2025.
Real Madrid supposedly believed they would sign the World Cup champion ahead of the 2022-23 season, preferring the 23-year-old above Erling Braut Haaland, who has recently decided to join Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team will now have to search elsewhere to bolster their assault for next season, although a new central midfielder is a necessity for the club, according to Marca.
According to the source, Los Blancos are now going to step up their chase of Tchouameni, fearing that they may lose out on the Frenchman this summer.
The 22-year-old had a standout season for Monaco in 2021-22, scoring five goals and contributing three assists in 50 appearances across all competitions.
In 35 games in Ligue 1, he contributed three goals and two assists as the principality club finished third, securing a berth in next season’s Champions League third qualifying round.
Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester United also have been touted with the playmaker, who has just over two years left on his current contract.
Despite the extensive curiosity about his future, Tchouameni recently stated that he is not in a hurry to leave Monaco.
“I have a deal through 2024 with an option to extend until 2025,” the midfielder allegedly told reporters. “A lot may happen in the transfer window,” I say, referring to my circumstances as well as the instances of other players, many of whom are reaching the end of their contracts and have other goals.
“Why not continue to compete in the Champions League? This season, being eliminated by Shakhtar Donetsk in the preliminary round lodged in my throat. Playing in the Champions League with Monaco would not bother me in the least.”
According to journalist Ekrem Konur, Monaco is seeking a price of between €55 million (£46.7 million) and €60 million (£50.9 million) for Tchouameni this summer.
Since joining Stade Louis II from Bordeaux in January 2020, the midfielder has made 95 appearances for the Ligue 1 club, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists.
Real Madrid are ready to sign Luka Modic to a new one-year contract, while Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, and Eduardo Camavinga are all expected to return next season.
Unfortunately, there’ll be midfield exits this summer, with Isco set to go on a free transfer and Dani Ceballos’ future uncertain.
Real Madrid finished the La Liga season goalless versus Real Betis on Friday evening, and they’re already planning for the Cl Final versus Liverpool this weekend.