Liverpool failed to sign Aurélien Tchouaméni this summer but they’ll end up glad. The Reds can turn this into a golden opportunity.
Real Madrid’s big signing this summer saw them pay £85m to get Aurélien Tchouaméni from AS Monaco. With that money, they got one of the most promising midfield players in the world and someone who can be the backbone of their team for a long time to come.
There’s a reason Paul Pogba called him ‘extraordinary’ while playing alongside Tchouaméni for France.
Of course, they weren’t the only club that tried to secure the player. Florentino Perez told El Chiringuito that Liverpool actively pursued Tchouaméni but couldn’t beat Real to his signature.
It’s obvious why – Tchouaméni would have been a brilliant signing and we talked him up throughout 2022. It just wasn’t to be. Fortunately, we think Liverpool will come out of this glad that the deal never happened.
Liverpool failed to sign Aurélien Tchouaméni
Liverpool did end up spending £85m, of course. They brought in Darwin Nunez from Benfica for a fee that could reach that figure. And as we’ve written before, we find it hard to believe that the Reds would have done that if they’d signed Tchouaméni – it was surely one or the other.
With the Nunez move, Liverpool have slightly changed their playing style, too. They now have an out-and-out striker, rather than a False 9 and that shakes things up. Midfield must link to the attack themselves, wingers may need to stay wider, and there’s now an obvious long-ball option up top.
Signing Tchouaméni would have brought about change, too. The only ‘guaranteed’ midfielder at Liverpool is Fabinho, essentially, with every other option facing a question. Thiago and Jordan Henderson are both in their 30s and injury-prone. Naby Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and James Milner have one year left on their deals. Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott are still very young. Fabinho is the one to build around.
Tchouaméni, though, plays the same position and role as Fabinho. Signing him would likely have meant a 4-2-3-1, with two deep defensive midfielders. That’s a big departure from the 4-3-3 that has brought so much success – especially as Liverpool likely would have had to find an out-and-out striker anyway.
This way, though, Liverpool can retain their 4-3-3 and rejig midfield in a different way. Fabrizio Romano says that they’ve immediately turned their attention to Jude Bellingham and we think that’s the right idea.
Bellingham is a far more versatile player than Tchouaméni and one who can play alongside Fabinho in the current system. That signing would mean Klopp can stick to the successful 4-3-3 long-term and refresh it with new players.
That, for us, would be a much better future than the wholesale changes Tchouaméni likely would have brought.