Aurelien Tchouameni’s possible move to Real Madrid is inarguably one of the fastest moving transfers in world football at the moment. AS Monaco and Madrid have been in advanced talks for several days now.
According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Tchouameni and his agent have reached a verbal agreement with Real Madrid last weekend, before the UCL final. There has never been any doubt about his priority.
Madrid have reportedly improved their offer for the player and now propose €80 million, excluding add-ons or bonuses. This meets, and possibly even exceeds Monaco’s asking price for the midfield star.
Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain have actively scouted the player and tried to swoop him. The latter, specifically, have tried to tempt the player with better economic proposals to take him to Parc des Princes.
With a verbal agreement in place and Monaco’s economic demands met, it is only a matter of days before the operation is closed.
It remains to be seen if Carlo Ancelotti decides to use the Frenchman as a starter straight away or gradually brings him into the dynamics in place of Casemiro.
However, it is difficult to imagine Tchouameni starting regularly on the bench after a fantastic season on a personal level.
The 22-year-old averaged over 14 defensive actions per ninety minutes in the recently concluded Ligue 1 season. Moreover, he also directly contributed to Monaco’s phenomenal season with three goals and two assists.
The coming hours will be critical in deciding Tchouameni’s future. However, his heart lies in Madrid and other clubs interested in the player seem to have accepted that fact.
Real Madrid duo out of Mallorca clash, but could return for Club World Cup
Real Madrid secured a 2-0 victory over Valencia on Thursday night, reducing the gap at the top of the table to their arch-rivals FC Barcelona to five points.
But the win came at its own costs, with both Eder Militao and Karim Benzema picking up fresh knocks that prompted their substitutions.
Benzema appeared to have taken a knock in his groin. He was substituted around the hour mark by Rodrygo, whereas Militao picked up a knock quite early on in the game, but continued to play. The Brazilian was ultimately taken off in the 36th minute.
After the game, it was reported that Benzema’s blow was not expected to be serious. And as per a recent report from Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, it appears both Benzema and Militao are set to undergo tests tomorrow.
First reviews suggest they are both set to be ruled out in the upcoming game against Mallorca in La Liga. But there is optimism they can be fit for the Club World Cup matches next week.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have been handed boost in the fitness of Toni Kroos, David Alaba and Dani Ceballos. The report suggests all three players are expected to return to training tomorrow and will be available against Mallorca.
Real Madrid, though, may not have the luxury of having Lucas Vazquez back at their disposal in the coming matches. The wide player is still nursing his injury and it will be a surprise to see him return to full fitness for the Club World Cup matches next week.
Los Merengue are set to kickstart their Club World Cup campaign on Wednesday in Morocco, though their opponent for the semi-final encounter has not yet been decided.