Chelsea and Juventus ‘will battle for the signing of £34m Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni’… with the midfielder receiving rave reviews from Cesc Fabregas and Paul Pogba
- Aurelien Tchouameni starred for Monaco last season, playing 42 matches
- He then got his first France cap earlier this month against Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Cesc Fabregas said that Tchouameni could become ‘the complete midfielder’
- Paul Pogba said it was ‘a pleasure to play next to him’ on his France debut
- N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will both soon be 30 and their deals are up in 2023
Chelsea will reportedly need to see off competition from Juventus to sign highly-rated Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.
The 21-year-old featured 42 times in all competitions as Niko Kovac’s men finished third in Ligue 1, with Tchouameni earning the first of three France caps earlier this month in the World Cup qualifying draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The Blues have been linked with a move for him next summer and now they are set for a battle on their hands, with the French side’s asking price said to be €40million (£34m), according to Calciomercato.
Aurelien Tchouameni is reportedly attracting interest from both Chelsea and Juventus
The young midfielder received rave reviews from Paul Pogba after making his France debut
Monaco team-mate Cesc Fabregas claimed Tchouameni can become ‘the complete midfielder’
Tchouameni predominantly operates as a defensive midfielder and is renowned for his ball-winning abilities, similarly to N’Golo Kante.
Team-mate Cesc Fabregas said of the young star during a Twitter Q&A session in June in response to a Chelsea fan: ‘He has the potential to be the complete midfielder. [He is a] modern midfield player, but we still need him… sorry’.
Following his international bow, Tchouameni was also lauded by Manchester United star Paul Pogba.
‘He’s not a boy, he’s a man, Pogba said earlier this month. ‘It was a pleasure to play next to him.
‘He brings a lot of energy. A lot of energy, extraordinary technical and physical quality. We wish him to play lots of matches and that I am always at his side.’
While Chelsea possess an impressive range of options in the middle of the park, Kante is now 30, while Jorginho reaches that milestone later this year. Both of their contracts run out in 2023, though Chelsea are understood to be keen to start negotiations with them in the coming months.
On-loan Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez failed to impress on his Premier League debut against West Brom earlier this month and hasn’t featured since, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek made his only appearance of the campaign so far when coming on for Jorginho in the latter stages of the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.
N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will both be 30 by the end of the year as Chelsea look for new blood
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is out of favour at Stamford Bridge – while Saul Niguez had a poor debut
Juve need reinforcements with Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot’s contracts expiring in 2023
The Old Lady meanwhile face some midfield questions of their own, with Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot’s current deals expiring in 2023.
The Welshman has been regularly linked with a move back to England since he joined in 2019 and reports this month claimed Juventus are willing to let him leave for free as they look to shift his £400,000-per-week wages.
Tchouameni’s arrival would provide competition for Rodrigo Bentancur and Manuel Locatelli, who has joined Massimiliano Allegri’s men on a two-year loan deal and is then set to move on a permanent basis.