The Reds boss made a secret trip and personal phone call to pull off a key transfer target this summer in what appears to be a busy spell at Anfield.
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One of the main targets at Anfield will be to replace Sadio Mane, who is reported to have told his Liverpool teammates he is leaving the club this summer following from his Defeat in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. The reds will look for an attacker but also a new midfield as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been put up for sale before the next window.
Monaco star Tchouameni is at the top of the club’s wanted list amid links with a transfer to both Anfield and Real Madrid. But Tchouameni, who had also been promoted as a target by Manchester United, paris st germain Y Chelsea, now he is on the brink of a switch to the European champions.
According to a report from brand, Tchouameni is set to join Real for a fee of £68m, which includes add-ons. However, that only comes after the Reds made a concentrated attempt to secure his signing.
It describes how Liverpool manager Klopp made a special trip to Monaco to convince the Frenchman to move to Anfield, while also having a phone call with the midfielder. However, Tchouameni could not be persuaded against the idea of joining Los Blancos.
Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell has apparently confirmed the club will take advantage of the midfielder this summer. Mitchell responded when asked about his future club: “I have no preference, to be honest! As always, when you sell a player, there must be fair compensation. The market is different every year.
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“Everyone could see what a great player Aurelien is, but everyone also knows that we are an ambitious club with an ambitious shareholder. So no, I have no preference when it comes to selling him. We will have to be very aggressive in terms of the fee we we demand to lose such an incredibly talented player.”
The Monaco midfielder said in a recent interview with CNN: “I like both: I can watch Spanish and English games. 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.
“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.”
Tchouameni added: “It’s funny. With my friends Benoit Badiashile and Djibril Sidibe, 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.”