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Official: Aurelien Tchouameni joins Real Madrid on a six-year deal

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Real Madrid have officially announced the signing of Aurelian Tchouameni for €80 million plus €20 million in variables on a deal that will last six seasons.

The player was linked with a move away from AS Monaco for a few months running now, with Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain linked as well. However, Tchouameni chose to don the pearly whites of Madrid over the two.

The Frenchman will be presented in front of the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, June 14th after the corresponding medical examination.

Tchouameni enjoyed quite the season with Monaco this time around, contributing both as a defensive and central midfielder. Over the course of 35 games in the domestic league, he found the back of the net thrice while setting up two others.

Florentino Perez has not signed the player for his offensive capabilities, though. With Casemiro hitting the last juncture of his career, Tchouameni is expected to fill in at defensive midfielder, forming the third part of what could be a historic midfield trio alongside Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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