Liverpool are rivalling Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid for Aurelien Tchouameni, per Marca, but may regret not signing the Monaco star in the summer transfer window.
Real Madrid are eagerly monitoring Tchouameni’s situation at the Stade Louis II as the La Liga giants seek midfield upgrades. The Galacticos are particularly keen to add support for Casemiro, with Tchouameni and Paul Pogba currently the leading two targets for the role.
Los Blancos admire Tchouameni for the role as the Monaco dynamo would offer greater strength than Pogba. He would also be superior defensively than their £34.5m summer signing Eduardo Camavinga. But the 21-year-old is less technically able than Pogba overall.
Tchouameni’s age also represents a problem for Real Madrid, and their rivals for a transfer like Liverpool, as Monaco would demand no less than €60m (£51m) to sell the dynamo. A hurdle the Santiago Bernabeu side could stumble at to their Premier League counterparts.
Monaco believe Tchouameni is worth as much as he took another leap in his performances to start the season. Niko Kovac also debuted the Rouen-born star in the Champions League in August and scored in a qualifier against Sparta Prague. Didier Deschamps also awarded the midfielder his senior France debut last month, and has featured in all five games since.
Reports in recent months have cited Liverpool’s interest in a transfer for Tchouameni after his efforts with Monaco last season. Tuttosport recently named the Reds and Chelsea as rivals to Juventus for Ligue 1’s 2020/21 Young Player of the Year. Calciomercato have also cited Bayern Munich as an interested party, with Corentin Tolisso out of contract next year.
Should Liverpool have signed Tchouameni from Monaco in summer transfer?
But Liverpool’s interest in Tchouameni dates back further, as well, as Corriere dello Sport reported in August the Reds were considering making Monaco an offer to beat Juventus in a late summer transfer battle for the former Girondins de Bordeaux prospect.
The Anfield hierarchy may now regret not lodging a bid for the young talent Cesc Fabregas expects big things from. The former Arsenal and current Monegasques maestro tweeted in June: “He has the potential to be the complete midfielder.”
Michael Edwards’ decision not to sign Tchouameni from Monaco may now hit Liverpool’s pocket if they target him next year. His Ligue 1 outfit’s £51m valuation is double what Corriere dello Sport reported they wanted this summer. Suggesting they asked for €30m (£25.5m) to sell at the time, just 18-months after paying Bordeaux €18m (£15m).