Aurelien Tchouameni has once again had his name linked with Liverpool this summer as the Reds look to find an alternative to their failed pursuits of Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia.
It was recently reported that Jurgen Klopp’s side had enquired into the availability of both Tchouameni and Federico Valverde from Real Madrid, but Ben Jacobs states that the former has no interest in departing the Bernabeu this summer.
“I expect Liverpool to be busy between now and when the window shuts,” said Jacobs.
“Real Madrid don’t want to sell Tchouameni, and the player doesn’t want to leave, so I don’t see too much substance in those links.”
News of the Frenchman’s stance is another transfer blow to the Reds who are desperate to find a holding midfielder following the departures of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to Saudi Pro League outfits Al-Ettifaq and Al-Ittihad in recent weeks.
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Tchouameni looks set to be a key figure for Los Blancos this season despite the summer arrival of English sensation Jude Bellingham, so Liverpool will once again have to look elsewhere to plug the gap in their midfield.
If not Tchouameni, then who?
Valverde’s stance is unknown at present, so there is a chance that conversations could be held there over an Anfield switch. The Uruguayan may be deemed surplus to requirements given the current stack of talent that Carlo Ancelotti has at his disposal in the middle of the park.
Another midfielder who is said to be on the Reds’ radar is Fluminense starlet Andre Trindade. The Brazilian is believed to have a release clause of £34million in his contract with the Brasileirao outfit and Liverpool are believed to have placed a bid for him at the start of August before talks began to heat up with Lavia’s camp.
It is certainly going to be a hectic fortnight in the transfer department for Klopp’s men ahead of the window closing, it remains to be seen who will be walking through those Anfield doors come September 1st.