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Real Madrid not worried about €100 million star’s recent dip in form – report
Real Madrid went hard after the signing of Aurelien Tchouameni last summer and defeated the likes of Liverpool and PSG to secure his services in a deal worth €100 million, including add-ons.
And the way Tchouameni started off at the Santiago Bernabeu, slotting into the giant shoes left vacant by Casemiro was exceptional.
The 23-year-old Frenchman quickly became a player that manager Carlo Ancelotti could bank on, putting reliable displays one after the other.
However, things have gone downhill for Tchouameni after the World Cup break. The defensive midfielder endured a few fitness issues soon after the mid-season break and has since lost his spot in the starting XI.
Instead, Ancelotti has preferred the likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Toni Kroos ahead of Tchouameni in the holding midfield position.
But, according to AS, Real Madrid are not worried about the recent dip in form showcased by Tchouameni.
The feeling within the club is that the 23-year-old midfielder is yet to fully adapt to his new surroundings, team, tactics and philosophy.
It is not exactly strange for a player to go through a difficult debut season at Real Madrid. Luka Modric and Eder Militao both endured hard debut campaigns before going on to become mainstays in the side. Camavinga himself had a tough initiation and has only become a regular in 2023.
Real Madrid invested in Tchouameni owing to his defensive prowess but they also value the midfielder’s quality and the power he possesses, which they believe can aid them in their attacking play as well.
Recent reports suggested that Liverpool, after missing out on Tchouameni last summer, were set to rekindle their interest in him. But Real Madrid have no intentions to listen to any offers for the 23-year-old French international and are not concerned about his dip in form.
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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million
Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.
Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.
The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.
According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.
The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.
Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.
The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.
Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.