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Liverpool, PSG tried in vain to beat Real Madrid in race for €100 million midfielder

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Following his excellent start to life at Real Madrid, it is safe to suggest that Aurelien Tchouameni has taken to the royal white shirt like a duck to water.

It is no secret that the 22-year-old was on the radars of a number of top clubs in the continent prior to his €100 million transfer to the champions of Europe.

On his official YouTube channel, Fabrizio Romano gave a lowdown on the interest in the Frenchman from two European giants in particular.

Firstly, the Italian journalist has revealed that Liverpool were extremely keen on Tchouameni’s signature, with Jurgen Klopp holding the opinion that he would be the perfect player to come into his side.

Romano suggests that the German boss even had direct conversations with the former AS Monaco midfielder, explaining the project at the club and the plan in place to integrate him into the side.

The Reds are believed to have tried till the very end to convince the in-demand starlet to join the club.

Additionally, PSG sporting director Luis Campos is also said to have tried to lure the French international to join Ligue 1’s most dominant force.

However, Romano has emphasised that the youngster already had an agreement in place to join Real Madrid. Furthermore, Tchouameni, who is understood to have had a conversation with Carlo Ancelotti as well, was always keen on signing for the La Liga giants.

The revered defensive midfielder has always considered the club as his dream destination.

This revelation refutes any suggestion that it was the Spanish capital outfit’s willingness to break the bank to sign him that ensured they won the three-horse race.

Ultimately, all’s well that ends well as Tchouameni and Real Madrid look like a match made in heaven.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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