Real Madrid close to a ‘final agreement’ to sign Aurelien Tchouameni

Aurelien Tchouameni and Benoit Badiashile of AS Monaco
Aurelien Tchouameni and Benoit Badiashile of AS Monaco - IMAGO / PanoramiC

Champions League winners Real Madrid have stepped up their pursuit of Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni by submitting an improved £68million offer for the Frenchman.

The midfielder who is a transfer target of both PSG and Liverpool is one of the hottest properties in world football at the moment following a stellar campaign with Monaco.

The 22-year-old operates predominantly as a defensive-minded central midfielder and is seen as Real Madrid’s long-term plan to replace 37-year-old Luka Modric in the engine room.

Having seen their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe end in disappointment, the Spanish La Liga giants, according to Sky Sports, are offering Tchouameni a five-year deal as part of their enhanced bid. It is believed that Carlo Ancelotti’s side have a little extra money to spend this summer than they perhaps originally thought following the failed blockbuster transfer of Kylian Mbappe.

Tchouameni made his senior international debut last September and has since won eight caps for France and looks set to join them in Qatar for their World Cup defence.

He made 50 appearances in all competitions for Monaco last season as they finished third in Ligue 1.

His footballing style is one admired by PSG and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp who believes that Tchouameni fits the typical profile expected from a Klopp midfielder, possessing a work ethic, defensive awareness and high-intensity running.

Tchouameni have reportedly agreed on personal terms, with Real Madrid, PSG, Liverpool and Chelsea, but made it clear in the last week that his preference was to join the newly-crowned European champions.

In a recent interview with CNN, the French starlet stated that he ‘just wants to win’: 

“I’m an ambitious person. Every time I do something…I just want to win,” he said. “If I want to be great, I have to adapt to find some stuff that will allow me to grow as a player.

“I like both [countries]: I can watch Spanish games 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.”