Bayern Munich are in the market for a new defensive midfielder this summer and have set their sights on Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni as a target, reports SPORT1.
The Bavarian giants are on the lookout for a new No. 6 and had their sights on Declan Rice. But with the England international joining Arsenal in a record deal, the Bundesliga champions have now shifted their attention towards Tchouameni.
As per the report, the 23-year-old Real Madrid is at the top of the wishlist of Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel right now.
It further states that there has been an initial contact with the midfielder and the Frenchman himself has asked about Die Roten with an international teammate.
Tchouameni lost his place in the Real Madrid lineup in the second half of the last season, with his form and fitness levels dipping after the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Prior to that, the former AS Monaco ace had been a permanent fixture in Carlo Ancelotti’s side, ensuring that the Merengues did not feel the absence of Casemiro, who had left for Manchester United last summer.
But with his spot no longer guaranteed, there have been doubts about his future, even though it has been suggested that Real Madrid do not contemplate the possibility of selling Tchouameni.
Tuchel had been interested in signing the 23-year-old back when he was the manager at Chelsea. And now he is seeking his services at Bayern Munich and the German giants believe that there may be a chance they can sign him owing to his situation at Real Madrid.
The report suggests that Tchouameni, whose market value stands at €85 million, wants to play regularly, which could tempt him into considering a move.
But Spanish media claim that Ancelotti plans for the next season with the Frenchman as his defensive midfielder. So, as things stand, Tchouameni is unlikely to leave Real Madrid this summer despite the interest of Tuchel and Bayern Munich.
Real Madrid full-back never considered summer exit, would retire at club if given chance
Ferland Mendy finds himself in a difficult situation at Real Madrid. The Frenchman has struggled with injury and fitness woes for a large part of the past year, leading to doubts over his future at the club.
In fact, it had been reported that Los Blancos were considering selling Mendy during the summer transfer window earlier this year itself.
But, such a move did not materialise and the 28-year-old has stayed put at the Santiago Bernabeu although reports suggest that he is likely to be on the move next year.
Mendy would retire at Real Madrid if he could
Despite there having been numerous reports about his future in the summer, The Athletic reports that Mendy did not consider the possibility of an exit at any point.
In fact, the report adds that if given a chance, the 28-year-old defender would retire at Real Madrid.
Mendy’s contract with Los Merengues expires in 2025 and he is understood to be seeking a renewal for a while now, but there has been no move made by the club.
The injuries that the 28-year-old has picked up are understood to be a major deterrent for Real Madrid, which is why they are already looking to reinforce the left-back position with Alphonso Davies next year.
Mendy enjoys Ancelotti’s trust
Despite the non-stop speculations surrounding him, Mendy continues to enjoy the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Indeed, as per the report, the Italian tactician has informed the Frenchman that he is the left-back that best fits the defensive requirements needed in the team.
Ancelotti’s decision to bench Fran Garcia in the UEFA Champions League game even though Mendy was unavailable and start David Alaba at left-back was taken as an indicator within the dressing room that the Frenchman remains the first-choice in the position.
So, it remains to be seen how the situation unfolds over the coming months, especially with Ancelotti’s future also uncertain as his contract expires in 2024.