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Real Madrid ready to pay €80 million for 22-year-old midfielder: Fabrizio Romano

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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.

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Camavinga, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Barcelona

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Real Madrid will be aiming to get a step closer to lifting the La Liga title when they face off against FC Barcelona later tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are currently seated atop the league table, eight points clear of Barça in second place. And another win tonight would stretch the lead to 11 points, all but guaranteeing their coronation as Spanish champions.

It will not be easy with Barcelona motivated after their defeat against PSG in the UEFA Champions League while fatigue could also be a factor after Los Blancos toiled it out for 120 minutes against Man City earlier this week.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid have one fitness concern as Ferland Mendy did not train on Saturday due to some overload in his left leg, although he was included in the squad list by Carlo Ancelotti.

Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba are the only injury-enforced absentees for the league leaders and here’s how Real Madrid could line up tonight against Xavi Hernandez’s side.

Starters

Fresh off his penalty shootout heroics against Manchester City, Andriy Lunin will guard Real Madrid’s goal again and hope to help his team to another crucial victory.

Antonio Rudiger has been in brilliant form this season and is a guaranteed starter at the heart of the Merengues’ defence. The German international should pair up with club captain Nacho Fernandez to stop Robert Lewandowski & co.

Even though there has been some chatter about Lucas Vazquez starting at right-back, Dani Carvajal is expected to get the nod as usual.

Mendy’s possible absence, however, could pave the way for Eduardo Camavinga to start at left-back for Real Madrid, with Ancelotti likely to trust the French midfielder in a makeshift role over Fran Garcia.

Camavinga could fill in at left-back. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni is back after missing the Manchester City game through suspension and will slot in as the defensive midfielder against Barcelona.

Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos will take up the two interior midfield positions for Real Madrid while Jude Bellingham will operate as the lone attacking midfielder.

However, it will not be a surprise to see Real Madrid transition into a 4-4-2 with Valverde and Bellingham moving out wide on the right and left flanks, respectively.

Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. are the undisputed starters up top in attack, with the former likely to operate from the left after his recent success while the latter will play slightly more centrally.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup: Lunin, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Kroos, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo.

Substitutes

Brahim Diaz and Luka Modric are players that Carlo Ancelotti counts on from the bench for every game and that will not change tonight against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Joselu is also an option that Ancelotti could turn to if he wished to change things up in the attacking unit.

Eder Militao could also get some minutes, depending on the game situation, as Ancelotti hopes to get the Brazilian into match-rhythm in time to face Bayern Munich.

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