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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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.