Tchouameni, $65 Million, Would Lead Real Madrid’s Young French Revolution

Real Madrid has signed Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea. Real Madrid now wants to add to its Champions League winning squad by signing Aurelien Tchouameni, a 22-year-old French midfielder. This deal will almost certainly be worth EUR60m ($65 million).

Los Blancos have one major problem in acquiring the midfielder. They also face interest from Paris Saint-Germain. This would be a big boost for Tchouameni if he leaves Monaco, another Ligue 1 team. Real is more appealing to most because the Spanish league champion is the better choice. However, PSG’s financial strength is making it more expensive for Real. This is unless Tchoaumeni’s financial needs are more important than Monaco’s potential monetary gain.

Tchouameni is said to prefer Spain and moving to Madrid would have two major implications. If he does not succumb to injury or become unrecognized, he could be a major in La Liga for a while.

He would, however, be at the heart of a French Revolution in white. Zinedine Zidane was the previous leader of the midfield. Karim Benzema, the top man since then has been the mainstay. Tchaoumeni will be accompanied by Eduardo Camavinga (international teammate) in the middle, if they are able to combine at club level. Ferland Mendy, a fellow countryman, has also had a consistent season at right-back.

Monaco, despite its billionaire backing doesn’t have the same spending power that Europe’s elite. It will be eager to cash in on any deal, especially since its prospect is one the most brightest in modern times. It has already sold well before, with Kylian Mbappe selling for EUR180 million ($193million). Even reinvesting half of that amount could improve the overall squad’s performance, which was 17 points behind PSG at the end of the last campaign. Selling to Parisians has the problem that they are directly rivals.

Madrid and Paris offer different advantages. Real is easy to convince, boasting 14 Champions Leagues and a team of young players at the end of last year, such as Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde. The Paris project, on the other hand, is still not making it big in Europe. However, it could be a great stepping stone. Tchouameni might be better off advancing in his home country before he lands in La Liga or Premier League, when he is at his peak.

Real would however prefer to have him in his hands soon. Real believes this is a great time to be a young player in the club, as the older players are still setting an example for younger players who want to follow their footsteps. Luka Modric, a fellow midfielder, has signed a one year contract. This means that there’s no pressure to start less experienced players every match. It can be used to gradually instill the most experienced players, while still allowing them to perform.

Tchouameni’s greatest strength lies in his versatility. There is no obvious weakness to his game. He is able to break up play from the deep, pass, move forward and score goals. Real will benefit from his signing, as well as strengthening its position. Some of its rivals have also expressed interest. Liverpool could use a versatile midfielder due to Thiago Alcantara’s injury risk and Nabykeita’s inconsistency. His signing seems unlikely for the Reds.

It is likely that Carlo Ancelotti will find another talent to complement his efforts. Tchouameni, even though it may seem crazy, is a potential better investment than Mbappe. At the moment, scoring goals is not an option and it is not worth Florentino Perez’s large-scale investment. Perhaps it is wiser to take care of the team’s spine. Based on his mobility in defense or attack, Monaco man fits the bill perfectly.

Real will be looking for another title if Tchouameni becomes available, even though rival Barcelona has assembled some great players in the central areas. Atletico Madrid will stay at the top.

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