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.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.