Aurelien Tchouameni is one of the hottest prospects around and Liverpool are reportedly interested. They may need to shuffle things around in order to justify it, however.
Aurelien Tchouameni looks like an outstanding player. The 21-year-old is now thriving for France, earning himself a start in the 2021 Nations League final.
Tchouameni is currently playing for AS Monaco but it doesn’t appear likely he remains there. Interest is hotting up from all over Europe.
Per Marca, Monaco want around £50m in order to sell the midfielder. Real Madrid may pay that, though, while Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City assess the situation.
£50m is certainly a steep price for a 21-year-old by Tchouameni’s explosion last season might justify it. The real question, then, is can Liverpool?
Can Liverpool justify Aurelien Tchouameni?
The ‘problem’ here is that Liverpool don’t really need an out-and-out defensive midfielder. Fabinho is still only 27 and, in our eyes, one of the absolute best in the world.
Liverpool only typically play with one real defensive player, too. The midfielders either side of Fabinho are more dynamic, all-around players rather than defensive specialists.
A player like Franck Kessie fits that bill a little more than Tchouameni.
But at the same time, Liverpool will need to invest in more midfield security. Both Jordan Henderson and Thiago are past 30 and have injury issues, while the young players coming through – Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones – are attacking midfielders.
But Tchouameni isn’t a youth player anymore and paying £50m for him means giving him starts. Liverpool would need to make a tactical change to justify this, then.
Instead of flanking Fabinho with two all-around midfielders, they’d instead use the Brazilian and Tchouameni as a defensive shield. Then the third midfielder can really be all-out attack – which arguably suits both Elliott and Jones.
So we do think a switch to 4-2-3-1 justifies a move for Tchouameni. Is he good enough to change such a successful system, though? We’re not 100% sure on that.
What is certain, though, is that Tchouameni is so talented that Liverpool could justify trying it. £50m is a steep price to take such a risk but he may well prove worth it.