The transfer market looks packed with strikers and defenders. However, finding a world-class defensive midfielder is a difficult task.
Real Madrid are in desperate need of a backup for Casemiro. The Brazilian has been the backbone of Los Blancos’ setup for a long time now, but age is now catching up with him. One of the players on the club’s radar is Aurelien Tchouameni.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG are just some of the teams interested in the 22-year-old’s signing, according to Diario AS.
As per the same report, Pep Guardiola’s side have pulled out of the race for the youngster. Monaco’s asking price of €80 million is considered too high by the Premier League champions.
The race for Tchouameni’s signing now remains between three clubs: Real Madrid, PSG, and Chelsea.
The prodigy averages 2.6 interceptions, 2.6 tackles, eight duels won, and one clearance per 90 in Ligue 1 alone. Moreover, he has scored one goal and created four big chances too.
His contract with Monaco runs until the summer of 2024. Given that he is in the final year of his contractual obligation, the French club will be pressed to sell him.
Los Blancos have the financial resources to secure his signing. However, a lot will depend on the situation of Kylian Mbappe.
If the PSG star decides to renew his deal in Paris, Real Madrid will have to shell out a significant part of their budget in his pursuit. Needless to say, that would make the signing of Tchouameni difficult.
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Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.