Real Madrid have completed the signing of Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.
Both clubs have announced the deal and Real say they will hold a presentation ceremony for the 22-year-old on Tuesday following a medical.
Tchouameni will cost Real Madrid €100 million (£85m/$107m) overall, though that will be split between an initial transfer fee and bonus payments.
Madrid have confirmed that Tchouameni has penned a six-year deal at Santiago Bernabeu, tying him down to Los Blancos through until the summer of 2028.
Reports suggest he is set to earn around £150,000-a-week in terms of salary, after opting for the Champions League holders over a stay in his home country or a move abroad elsewhere.
Tchouameni made 35 Ligue 1 appearances for Monaco last season, contributing three goals and two assists.
The 22-year-old’s ability to control games from his position as a defensive midfielder has helped him set a steady tempo for his team in big and small games.
He is also at home when it comes to driving possession forward from the back too, allowing him to dictate the offensive flow of a match around him, with some having compared him to a combination of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba.
He has made 11 appearances for France since making his international debut in September.
Tchouameni had also been linked with Liverpool, Manchester United and Paris St-Germain.
Real Madrid now have Tchouameni in their team having missed out on signing Paris St-Germain and France striker Kylian Mbappe earlier this summer.
Tchouameni’s performances over the next few years will determine whether his price is excessive or not, but as the market stands, paying €100m was the only way for Madrid compete with clubs like PSG or from the Premier League.
Tchouameni is the second major new face of what looks set to be a busy summer of movement at the Bernabeu, following Antonio Rudiger’s arrival on a free transfer from Chelsea earlier this month.