Players across the globe dream of a move to Real Madrid all their lives, but only a handful see it fulfilled. Of them, most succumb to the pressure of playing for such a prestigious club.
Given the weight of expectation and the pressure to play well from day one, it is quite rare for a new player to fit in seamlessly to Los Blancos’ system. That is what makes Aurelien Tchouameni’s adaptation at Real Madrid beyond impressive.
According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, the new midfield signing has made a great impact in Real Madrid’s dressing room. The players and management are said to be extremely pleased with him.
Tchouameni has quickly become one of Ancelotti’s most important players this campaign, and the manager is said to constantly sing his praises to the board.
This speaks a lot about the youngster’s mentality and work ethic. However, one of the biggest factors contributing to his success is undoubtedly his consistent performance.
Tchouameni was expected to serve as a deputy to Casemiro in his first season at the club. However, the world turned upside down for him when the Brazilian decided to leave the club for Manchester United.
Having been thrown into the deep end, the youngster did not take long to learn his ways. He delivered world-class displays against Celta Vigo, Espanyol and Real Betis and instantly proved his worth to Ancelotti.
In four starts this season, he has produced over 14 defensive actions per game. Whilst being defensively sound, he has also shown the skillset of finding incisive passes and linking up in the attack.
The 22-year-old is expected to start as the defensive midfielder for Los Blancos against RB Leipzig midweek.
Real Madrid, Barcelona interested in €30 million-rated Serie A midfielder – report
Replacing Luka Modric is a task Real Madrid’s administration better not attempt. After all, finding a like-for-like replacement for a world-class player who defined an era is close to impossible.
The Croat himself, however, has always held high regard for his compatriot Marcelo Brozovic. The Inter Milan player possesses a profile that highly interests Los Blancos and Carlo Ancelotti.
Brozovic has been on the transfer lists of several European clubs in the current transfer window. Of them, Barcelona have been mentioned as a strong candidate.
Though Nerazzurri were initially reluctant to let the midfielder go, Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter Milan are now prepared to take that step at the end of the season.
The Italian management understands that the manager has modes to cope without Brozovic and that the time is right to move on with economic compensation.
One of the biggest names in the race to sign him, according to the source, is Real Madrid. Given that he has a contract until 2026 in Italy, the European Champions will have to shell out at least €30 million for his services, a figure that Inter feel he should be valued at.
The Merengues are not alone in the race for Brozovic. Barcelona are back in the equation as they see him as an ideal replacement for their captain Sergio Busquets.
The third European giants interested in the 30-year-old Croatian international are Chelsea. Juventus also wanted to try their luck too but were forced to back out after their recent sanctions.
It remains to be seen if Real Madrid can afford the €30 million tag in the summer given their interest in Jude Bellingham. Close to €150 million of their budget will be frozen on the Englishman, and spending more on another midfielder may not be warranted.