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Monaco will accept ‘nothing less than €80 million’ for Real Madrid midfield target

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Real Madrid, the newly crowned Champions of Europe look to strengthen their squad ahead of the coming season, especially given the expectation that comes after such a successful year.

While several players have been linked with Los Blancos, Aurelien Tchouameni is one whose transfer is progressing the fastest.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, contacts between Real Madrid and AS Monaco will continue in the coming hours. The club feel confident about signing the midfielder as he prioritises Madrid.

However, the Ligue 1 side are unwilling to listen to offers less than €80 million. As the negotiations continue, Paris Saint-Germain lurk in the shadows hoping to swoop the player.

Yesterday, media outlets said that Carlo Ancelotti’s side were willing to meet Monaco’s demands and even offer more if necessary. Needless to say, the funds saved from Mbappe’s failed transfer are being put to wiser use.

Tchouameni has nailed down his first-choice position, and can play both as a defensive and central midfielder. The Frenchman will arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu as a backup to starters Casemiro, Toni Kroos, and Luka Modric, but is expected to replace one of them in the long run.

Despite attracting interest from Liverpool and PSG among other top European clubs, the youngster is firm on his desire to join the Champions League winners.

At the young age of 22, the Frenchman started 33 league games for Monaco in the past season. In addition to his three goals and two assists, he recorded an average of three interceptions, 2.5 tackles, a clearance and 7.5 duels won per ninety minutes.

The high price tag attached to Tchouameni’s transfer is because of his long term contract with Monaco. The youngster’s deal with the French side does not end until 2024, meaning that they have leverage over his future.

It now seems to be just a matter of time before his arrival is officially announced by the club. Alongside Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga, he is expected to form the future midfield trident for Real Madrid.

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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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