Liverpool, Chelsea hold ‘advantage’ over Madrid in £50m race

Chelsea and Liverpool reportedly have an ‘advantage’ over Real Madrid in the race to sign France international Aurelien Tchouameni.

Tchouameni joined Monaco from Bordeaux for £15million just over a year ago and starred for France in their recent Nations League triumph alongside Paul Pogba in the centre of midfield.

The 21-year-old was linked with a move to United in the summer in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s search for a defensive midfielder, and Real Madrid are targeting him as a successor to Casemiro.

But Marca (via Express) claim three Premier League sides – Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City – hold an ‘advantage’ over Madrid in the bid to sign the midfielder, rumoured to be valued by Monaco at £50million.

It’s not plainly stated exactly what that advantage is, but we assume it comes down to money, with Chelsea and City said to be the leading contenders.

The report caims Madrid see Tchouameni as a possible alternative target to Pogba; Carlo Ancelotti’s side are said to covet his more defensive attributes.

Former Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas says Tchouameni “has the potential to be the complete midfielder”, while the player himself said he wants to be “the best”.

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“People have always compared me to Pogba, because of our physique, and the way we played when we were young,” Tchouameni said.

“To be one of the best you have to take inspiration from the best.

“I look at the way Pogba uses the ball, the way Kante wins the ball, [Patrick] Vieira’s box-to-box style.

“I look at the way [Andres] Iniesta, Cesc and Xavi [Hernandez] use the ball. I love watching Kevin De Bruyne play.”

And Pogba has been mightily impressed by his young midfield partner, insisting he’s “a pleasure” to play alongside.

“He’s not a boy, he’s a man,” Pogba told reporters after France defeated Spain.

“It’s a pleasure to play next to him, he provides a lot: plenty of energy, technical quality and extraordinary physicality.

“I hope to play plenty of games together and always be on his side.”

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