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Three reasons why Real Madrid have ruled out the signing of French midfield talent



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Aurelien Tchouameni had European giants queueing at his doorstep for the summer transfer window. The 22-year-old is one of the most promising prospects in defensive midfield, making him highly sought after.

For a long time, Real Madrid were said to be in the driver’s seat for the Frenchman’s arrival. With Casemiro ageing, finding a backup option was seen as a priority.

However, things have changed dramatically in the past few weeks. Los Blancos have now ruled out his incorporation, and Fichajes reveal three reasons for Real Madrid’s change of plan.

The first, and the biggest factor is that AS Monaco have increased their asking price for Tchouameni. Though they initially demanded just €50 million, the Ligue 1 side have now raised the figure to €70 million.

This complicates things for Real Madrid, who already need to allocate a lion’s share of their budget and wage limit to Kylian Mbappe and Antonio Rudiger.

The second reason mentioned talks about the emergence of Dani Ceballos. The Spanish player seems set to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu next season and could be vital in covering gaps in midfield.

Finally, the third reason is the arrival of Liverpool onto the scene. Jurgen Klopp’s side look to replace Jordan Henderson and James Milner and see Tchouameni as an ideal option to take their places.

Liverpool are said to propose an economically superior offer to Tchouameni’s camp, making them the front runners in the race now. Moreover, they promise a solid long term project after Klopp’s recent renewal.

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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave



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Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.

This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.

Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.

However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.

The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.

And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.

As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.

With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.

Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.

But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.

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