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Chelsea willing to offer €80 million to sign Real Madrid midfielder – report

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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.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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