Liverpool failing to sign Auréien Tchouaméni this summer will soon look like a blessing. The Reds have made new plans.
Real Madrid completed their signing of AS Monaco midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni on Saturday. They paid £85m for the player, with £17m of that in add-ons (per the BBC).
It’s a hefty transfer fee and one that, initially, they didn’t want to pay. AS claimed earlier in the year that Real didn’t believe a defensive midfielder should cost that. This was back when it actually seemed that Liverpool would sign the Frenchman.
In fact, Liverpool supposedly led the chase as recently as last month. Then Kylian Mbappé rejected Real and Los Blancos decided to throw money at Tchouaméni, instead. It was a fear of ours as soon as the Mbappé deal fell apart.
And that’s too bad. Tchouaméni is a wonderful player and one we really wanted at Anfield. Fortunately, Liverpool have found a way to make everyone forget about their failure here. It might even turn into a blessing.
Liverpool move after failing to sign Aurélien Tchouaméni
Liverpool will spend £85m in another way, of course. Talk over the last few days suggests Darwin Nunez is on his way to Anfield for that fee – a club-record one.
We find it next to impossible to believe that Liverpool would have paid £85m on two players this summer. Certainly not without significant sales to fund it. This is almost certainly the Reds’ alternate plan after failing to land their midfield target.
Instead, it’s the forward line that gets a boost. Nunez is a ‘tremendous’ talent, in the words of one former coach, and he can justify the record fee. If he does that – by replacing Sadio Mané and, potentially, Mohamed Salah – £85m will look like a bargain.
And that would leave Liverpool’s failure to sign Tchouaméni looking like a blessing. There’s no bigger needed replacement, after all. Nunez could be an all-important superstar at Anfield, even if it’s taken the stars to align to make it happen.