Aurelien Tchouameni is currently one of the most sought-after midfielders in all of Europe. After making his breakthrough at AS Monaco, the youngster has improved leaps and bounds, essentially becoming the beating heart of his side’s midfield unit.
Tchouameni’s consistent performances in Ligue 1 have even earned him eight caps for the French national team. He looks destined to earn a call-up to the French squad for the upcoming World Cup.
Naturally, the youngster has become a sought-after figure in the transfer market. A host of top clubs across Europe are keen on prising him away from Monaco this summer, and it appears Real Madrid are no exception.
Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has recently dropped an update on the club’s pursuit of Tchouameni.
It appears the recently-crowned Spanish champions are closely monitoring him ahead of the summer transfer window. They have sent five scouts to keep a close eye on his development at Monaco, with an eye for a potential move in the summer.
Fabrizio believes Real Madrid are being patient about the move. They want to enquire about the details of the potential cost of the operation, knowing Monaco could hold out for a significant asking price.
Los Blancos are unlikely to make a move until they finalise the capture of Kylian Mbappe. The Frenchman is the undisputed top target for the club next season, and the team could revolve around him in the years to come.
While Tchouameni is certain to cost a fortune, the youngster could emerge as an ideal long-term replacement for the ageing Luka Modric.
It makes him a desirable target for the club, as along with another French teammate in Eduardo Camavinga, they could be the face of the future Real Madrid midfield.
Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”
Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.
Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.
The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.
But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.
“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.
Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.
The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.
Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.