Real Madrid have given up their lead in the fight to acquire Aurelien Tchouameni, giving Chelsea a significant boost ahead of the summer transfer season. According to The Athletic, the 22-year-old was on the Blues’ shopping list in the summer, but the board decided against signing him because the midfielder could have used another year of development.
Tchouameni has been a standout performer for Monaco this season, appearing 47 times in all competitions. The France international, whose price tag ranging from £65 million to £83 million, has helped the French team go within striking distance of qualifying for the Champions League.
Chelsea, according to football.london, have spent more time studying Tchouameni’s progress than any other team. Despite the Blues’ best efforts, the Daily Telegraph claimed last month that Carlo Ancelotti’s side had surpassed Thomas Tuchel’s in the hunt for his signing.
Since Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government, Real Madrid appeared to be the clear favourites to recruit Tchouameni, but they have changed their minds.
Monaco’s aforementioned appraisal has turned Los Blancos off, according to AS via MailOnline. Tuchel has been given a boost in his mission to bolster the midfielder ahead of next season, especially as doubt looms over whether Chelsea will be able to mount a bid for Declan Rice amid Manchester United’s growing interest in the West Ham vice-captain. football.london understands that Rice has been a long-term target for Chelsea, who have been watching his development at London Stadium very closely. According to ESPN, there is a potential that United may be allowed a ‘clean run’ at signing Rice this summer.
Jorginho and N’Golo Kante’s current contracts at Stamford Bridge are set to expire at the conclusion of the season. Although Conor Gallagher is ready to return to Cobham following a successful loan stint with Crystal Palace, Tuchel’s midfield remains a source of concern this summer.