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.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.