Real Madrid has been in frequent contact with AS Monaco for the transfer of French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni for over a week.
The discussions with Monaco became more serious after Real Madrid failed to get Kylian Mbappe, freeing up funds to pursue fresh players. Despite the fact that Tchouameni is not a positional substitute for Mbappe, he is an exciting, rising young star who might assist ease the transition of the midfield once Luka Modric and Toni Kroos go, and is a complement to Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga.
PSG is also keen on Tchouameni, and Kylian Mbappe has been in frequent contact with the midfielder in an attempt to persuade him. PSG’s cash offer will, of course, top Real Madrid’s.
All of this has made it difficult for Real Madrid to complete a transaction at the asking price (reportedly 60m). While Tchouameni is certain he wants to play for Real Madrid, Monaco is demanding more money since PSG is willing to pay more.
According to a story in Marca today, Real Madrid will not budge. At maximum, the price might rise to 70 million euros, including variables, but not to the additional 20 million euros that PSG is offering. The ball appears to be in Monaco’s court now. To assist smooth the transfer of Tchouameni to Real Madrid next season, Monaco will have to accept a lesser financial deal.