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Real Madrid end pursuit of €80 million-rated Manchester United striker target



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There appears to be no concrete plan at Real Madrid for the centre-forward situation. Joselu’s signing was a step in the right direction, but one knows that having just three attacking options for an entire season is far from the test Carlo Ancelotti wants to be put to.

Los Blancos are in dire need of at least one more elite forward signing. However, the planning and management of the situation thus far has been haphazard.

As unhealthy as it is, Real Madrid have decided to base their entire transfer window around the hope of signing Kylian Mbappe. The club’s contacts with potential alternatives have all hit a dead-end as Los Blancos wait for clarification from France. 

According to reports from L’Equipe, the Merengues have dropped their interest in Randal Kolo Muani. He joins a list of names including Harry Kane and Dusan Vlahovic who the club seriously considered as options but dropped hoping for Mbappe’s arrival.

The 24-year-old forward was instrumental in Eintracht Frankfurt’s Bundesliga campaign last season. In 32 starts, he scored 15 goals and provided 11 assists, racking up 11 big chances created in the same duration.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich have the Frenchman on their radars, and it is clear that he will make a move to a bigger club this summer.

Needless to say, Real Madrid’s withdrawal from the race, potentially because of his €80 million price tag, comes as a massive relief for the aforementioned parties.

All eyes are now on Florentino Perez to see how he handles the situation with Mbappe. The prodigious superstar is indeed closer than ever to joining his dream club, but there is undoubtedly a tangible difference between close and complete.

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French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him



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Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.

However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.

Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links

Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”

“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.

Tchouameni preferred Real Madrid over PSG (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.

Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.

Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid

Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.

Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.

Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.

The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.

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