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Shock £212m deal turned tides and cost Liverpool an 'exceptional' player this summer, says journalist

A shock £212m deal cost Liverpool their shot at Aurélien Tchouaméni, according to reports. The Reds led the way last month.

Aurélien Tchouméni will join Real Madrid this summer, it seems. The Athletic report that Los Blancos have an agreement with AS Monaco for over £80m and the transfer should go through soon.

It’s not a huge shock. Both the Liverpool Echo and RMC Sport reported late last month that Tchouaméni had told Liverpool that he was choosing Real over them.

What it is, though, is a blow. We’re big fans of Tchouaméni and it seemed that Liverpool had a real shot at signing the player. He’s a wonderful talent – seemingly capable of it all – and the Reds could have made a real statement in signing him.

Paul Pogba labelled him ‘exceptional’ after playing with him for France. That’s the level Tchouaméni is at – he’s capable of impressing everyone who watches him.

So what happened? It was reported at one point that Real couldn’t justify the price for Tchouaméni as they didn’t believe a defensive midfielder could be worth that much. We figured that gave Liverpool a relatively free run at the Frenchman.

Well, it seems dramatic events elsewhere turned the tides here and cost Liverpool Tchouaméni.

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Kylian Mbappé deal cost Liverpool Aurélien Tchouaméni

Foot Mercato journalist Santi Aouna says that Liverpool lead the chase here as recently as last month. However, Kylian Mbappé rejecting Real to re-sign with Paris Saint-Germain changed everything.

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His reported £212m deal, per the Guardian, left the Spanish champions without their star summer signing. That altered their plans and Tchouaméni instead became a priority as Real looked to make a statement.

This was something we predicted the moment the news of Mbappé’s decision broke. Real were never going to take that lying down as we can only imagine they significantly raised their offers to both Monaco and Tchouaméni as a result.

Liverpool are the ones really paying the price, unfortunately – they’ll now need to immediately change their own plans.

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