Liverpool are preparing to do battle with Real Madrid to sign Aurelien Tchouameni this summer.
That’s according to The Times, who claim that Liverpool ‘like’ the 22-year-old but are ‘aware’ of interest from Spain.
Whether The Reds decide to pursue Tchouameni or not will reportedly depend on ‘a number of factors.’ One such factor is claimed to be Monaco’s asking price.
If Madrid end up beating Liverpool to the player, The Times claim that they’ll continue look for a midfielder with ‘a similar profile’ to the Frenchman.
Difficult to compete on the money front
Reports of Liverpool’s interest in Tchouameni haven’t come out of the blue. Earlier this week, Foot Mercato reported that The Reds had already made contact with the youngsters agents.
The French outlet also named Real Madrid as the other seriously interested suitor for the player.
Should Liverpool go head-to-head with the Spanish giants, they’ll likely have to rely on the attractiveness of their sporting project to tempt Tchouameni.
If it comes down to a purely financial battle, it’s hard to see The Reds coming out on top.
Madrid are one of the wealthiest clubs on the planet and consistently pay top whack for their players. Meanwhile, Liverpool rely on a self-sustaining model and will have a top-end figure in mind for both transfer fee and wage.
Selling the sporting project
From a footballing point of view, Anfield is surely the place to be right now. Liverpool are riding the crest of a wave and with talks beginning for a new contract for Jurgen Klopp, the future continues to look bright.
In terms of playing time, there could be a spot opening up for Tchouameni, too. Klopp is reportedly planning to ‘revolutionise’ his midfield in the coming transfer windows which could mean the end of both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita at Liverpool.
Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara are now both into their 30’s and Fabinho will soon be heading that way too.
At twenty-two, Tchouameni could make a spot his own for the next 10 years. According to French national team colleague Paul Pogba, he is an ‘extraordinary’ player (Madein Foot).
It promises to be another intriguing transfer window for Liverpool as they look to move into their next phase under Klopp. Now that they have seemingly identified Tchouameni as the next piece in the puzzle, let’s hope they can convince him to move to Mersyside.