Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni appears set to leave the Ligue 1 club with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain all saying they are in the mix for the £67m-valued star.
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Aurelien Tchouameni holds his cards close to his chest as the saga surrounding his immediate future continues.
The Monaco midfielder has emerged as one of the most outstanding players in European football, with players of the stature of Liverpool, real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, all vying for his signature. Tchouameni was recently named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season, but Monaco look set to cash in with a price tag of more than £65m on his head.
Reports in France claim that Real Madrid, who have just lost compatriot Kylian Mbappe, are leading the race for the 22-year-old amid claims that he has already agreed terms of a five-year deal at the Bernabeu.
However, until Thursday no official agreement has been reached between the two clubs with RMC Sport claiming that Monaco could still ask for more than the €80m (£67m) that had been previously quoted. That ensures Liverpool stay in the running and Tchouameni, when asked about joining one of the Champions League finalists, responded diplomatically and refused to burn the bridges.
“I like both: I can watch games in Spanish and games in English,” he said. CNN. “It’s different to play in Spain and it’s different to play in England, but in the end, for me, it’s just a matter of adaptation.”
Tchouameni has already moved from Bordeaux to Monaco during his fledgling career, admitting that the idea of following in the footsteps of someone like Mbappe was an attractive prospect for him.
“I tried to find a lot of players who came here young and then grew up, and could play for a bigger club at the end of their journey here in Monaco,” the midfielder explained. And he admits that the constant speculation is a source of fun in the locker room, with his total focus on being the best he can be.
Tchouameni added: “It’s funny. With my friends Benoit Badiashile and Djibril Sidibé, every morning they tell me: ‘Ah, you go to this club’. And the next day, it’s another club. But it’s good to be in this situation. It means I’m in a good position. I have worked hard to achieve this, so that the best clubs want me.
“But in the end, it’s just social media… the most important thing is to be good in training and in the next game. We’ll see.”
Liverpool made an unusual stir in the January window, signing Luis Diaz from Porto for £50m, and is currently focusing on whether Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will accept the terms of the extended deals.
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But there is a sense that upgrading his midfield options is attractive for Klopp, especially with reports that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been put up for sale during the next window.
Reds chairman Tom Werner declined to go into detail about their transfer plans in a recent interview but stated that, as in previous years, they would not enter bidding wars with the Manchester City and Real Madrid of the world.
“I will leave the answers to Jurgen [Klopp] and Julian,” Werner said. the Athletic. “They are very smart. I am sure they will continue to make excellent acquisitions.”
And on keeping up with City, he added: “They certainly have more resources than us, but we have the heart and soul of Liverpool on our side. We are competing in a very tough league. But I think our performance speaks for itself. We’ve certainly made it clear that part of the reason we got into this over 10 years ago was that FFP would be with us.”