According to AS, Real Madrid have set their sights on Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze and have made enquiries about his situation heading into the summer transfer window.
The 24-year-old Nigerian international is set to enter the final year of his contract with Villarreal which expires in 2024. As such, it has piqued the interest of Real Madrid, who were left dazzled by the winger’s performance against them at the Santiago Bernabeu this season.
With Real Madrid bidding goodbye to Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, and Mariano Diaz, they now have just two senior attackers left on their books in Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes.
So, it goes without saying that there is a serious need to replenish the attacking department in the summer transfer window.
Moves for Premier League duo Harry Kane and Kai Havertz are already taking place, but now Chukwueze has also emerged as an option to further strengthen the wide areas.
The Nigerian speedster is coming on the back of a solid season during which he managed a tally of 13 goals and 11 assists from 50 matches across all competitions.
The 24-year-old is understood to have a release clause worth €80 million in his contract, but the report states that a sale could take place at a lower value.
Last year, Villarreal were considering an offer of just €20 million from Everton for Chukwueze before eventually deciding to keep hold of him. And given his performances this term, they will want a higher sum than that, with the report suggesting that the transfer could take place for €40 million.
Chukwueze’s potential arrival would bolster Real Madrid’s options on the right flank and add competition to Rodrygo and possibly Brahim Diaz, provided he remains at the club and does not join AC Milan permanently.
It remains to be seen whether the Merengues’ initial enquiry for Chukwueze leads to something substantial in the coming weeks.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
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.
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.