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.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.