As they bid goodbye to N’Golo Kante, Chelsea are scouring the market for a new defensive midfielder this summer and their search has led them to Real Madrid, with Aurelien Tchouameni emerging as a target, according to SPORT.
Tchouameni signed for Real Madrid last summer from AS Monaco, snubbing interest from clubs like PSG, Liverpool, and Chelsea.
The 23-year-old was thrown into the deep end right upon his arrival as Casemiro left for Manchester United. And he dealt with the pressure immensely well, soon becoming a permanent fixture in midfield for Carlo Ancelotti.
However, Tchouameni’s performance levels dipped after the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar with the Frenchman dealing with fatigue and fitness problems. Gradually, he fell behind the likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Toni Kroos in the pecking order, leading to a reduction in minutes.
It has given way to speculations over his future heading into the summer. Chelsea, for one, have continued their interest in Tchouameni and had even made an offer of €60 million recently for the French international, which was knocked back by Real Madrid.
However, the Blues are not ready to give up and are prepared to up their proposal to €80 million, the amount that Los Blancos had paid Monaco to sign Tchouameni last year.
While it would certainly be an interesting offer, Real Madrid are unlikely to entertain it as they do not have any other player of Tchouameni’s profile in their ranks.
Furthermore, everyone at the club has total faith in the 23-year-old midfielder and has no doubts about his quality. The Merengues are aware that the first year is always likely to be difficult for a player to adapt to a new style and surroundings.
As such, despite Chelsea’s willingness to make an improved offer of €80 million, Real Madrid are unlikely to part ways with Tchouameni in the summer.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”