With every passing day, Aurelien Tchouameni seems to be getting closer and closer to being announced as Real Madrid’s latest signing. One cannot think of too many other instances when negotiations over a transfer moved with such speed.
According to reports from Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato, Real Madrid and AS Monaco are close to reaching a total agreement over the player’s move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Los Blancos already have a verbal agreement in place with the youngster, and the successful negotiations with his team mean that the official announcement could be just days away.
Yesterday, Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga was asked about the possibility of his compatriot joining him at the club level. The French international replied in the positive and said that he had spoken with Tchouameni.
“I hope Tchouaméni is coming to Madrid, I’ve already spoken to him. Let’s see what happens in the next few days.”
Tchouaméni has reportedly told his teammates days ago about his decision and priority to join Real Madrid. His determination to don white has effectively ruled out top European sides like Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain from the race to sign him.
The transfer fee is speculated to be in the €80 million ballpark with bonuses and add-ons excluded. The massive price tag could put a lot of pressure on the midfielder, and it remains to be seen if Ancelotti uses him as a starter or off the bench next season.
Tchouameni is one of the world’s most promising talents in defensive midfield and the statistics back him. He averages three interceptions, 2.5 tackles, a clearance and seven duels won per ninety minutes.
Moreover, his ability to play as both a single and a double pivot makes him a versatile addition to Ancelotti’s arsenal.
Arsenal boss requests €25 million-rated Real Madrid attacker
Marco Asensio is among the players who are facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid as we approach the second half of the campaign.
The attacker’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. And despite showing glimpses of his potential during the course of this campaign, his continuity in the Spanish capital is far from guaranteed.
According to Fichajes, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged the club to push for an operation to sign Asensio at the end of the season.
The Spanish tactician has identified Asensio as an ideal candidate to reinforce his ranks in the attacking unit. The Real Madrid star, after all, brings in a wealth of experience, having featured in over 260 competitive matches for Los Blancos.
The forward’s tally of 53 goals and 29 assists is not bad by any means either. And given his versatility in the final third of the pitch, he could be a useful addition for Arsenal in the coming season.
But the Real Madrid camp will not too keen on offloading their star player. The club have been impressed by the attacker’s performance, which could potentially lead to a renewal offer later this year.
However, it must be noted that Real Madrid are yet to table any official offer for the attacker. In fact, it is Arsenal who have started laying the groundwork and are expected to meet the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in London to discuss a potential move to Emirates Stadium.
It appears Liverpool are in the mix as well, though Arsenal remain the favourite due to the presence of Mikel Arteta. Barcelona, too, had showcased interest in signing Asensio in the summer, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Spaniard in the coming months.