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Real Madrid’s pursuit of €60 million Chelsea attacker ‘off’ until price is reduced – report



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Real Madrid’s priority heading into the summer transfer window will be to sign forwards to replace the departing quadrant of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard.

They want to look for exciting young players, who can mark a long-term era at the club. At the same time, they want versatile profiles; players who can play across the frontline and facilitate the attack while also scoring themselves.

One of the names on their radar has been Chelsea’s Kai Havertz. The German is linked with an exit this summer as the Blues are looking to raise money through player sales so as to not get into trouble with the Financial Fair Play.

However, it seems that transfer has cooled down as of now, according to Fabrizio Romano, as Chelsea continue to price the player around €60 million, exclusive of bonuses. Madrid are not ready to pay more than €50 million for his services.

Real Madrid do rate Havertz highly, though, with Florentino Perez and Carlo Ancelotti huge fans of the player. They believe he can fit in at Madrid with ease, and consider him one of their ‘dream’ signings.

Havertz’s time at Chelsea has been rather underwhelming since his ±€90 million transfer from Bayer Leverkusen.

His output has decreased from 20 and 18 goal contributions in 2018/19 and 2019/20, respectively to seven, 11, and eight across the next three seasons in the Premier League.

However, he has largely been playing as a striker at Stamford Bridge, while Madrid reportedly consider him to be a player who can play between the lines, and not as a Benzema replacement.

For that role, they are considering the signing of Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur, who will cost them upwards of €100 million. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is not ready to part with the Englishman easily, and the transfer could take several weeks of convincing.

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French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him



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Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.

However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.

Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links

Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”

“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.

Tchouameni preferred Real Madrid over PSG (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.

Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.

Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid

Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.

Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.

Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.

The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.

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