Real Madrid have been in and out of the race to sign Chelsea’s Kai Havertz over the past few weeks. The youngster was surprisingly one of the names suggested as a replacement for Karim Benzema, and the equation never seemed to add up, considering he is far from a striker.
According to reports from the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano, Los Blancos are now out of the race for the versatile forward. He does look close to leaving Stamford Bridge this summer, but the Bernabeu will certainly not be his new home.
The 24-year-old’s tenure at Chelsea has been far from the dream he expected. Three years have elapsed since he signed for the London-based side, and he is yet to find his free-flowing best in the final third.
In his three seasons in the Premier League so far, he has scored just four, eight, and seven goals respectively. Considering that he is a regular starter for the Blues, his contributions come across as underwhelming.
The youngster would be a good fit into Carlo Ancelotti’s system. However, a combination of factors have understandably steered the club away from his name.
For starters, Chelsea demanded a fee of €60 million plus bonuses for the youngster. Real Madrid’s administration did not match the valuation of the English side.
Secondly, Arsenal have emerged as a strong suitor for Havertz and would be willing to spend heavily on his signing, which has acted as another deterrent for Los Blancos.
The opening of the doors to sign Kylian Mbappe appears to have been the final nail in discarding Havertz as an option. After all, the Merengues must spend at least €200 million for his signing, and with Bellingham’s deal already reflecting as a big expense, bringing in the Chelsea star would not be sustainable.
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.