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’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role
At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.
Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.
While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.
Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.
However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.
Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity
Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.
Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.
And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.
Lunin in the driving seat
Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.
In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.
It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.
As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.
As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.