According to calciomercato, Monaco have slapped a £34m price tag on midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, who is sought after by Chelsea, Juventus and other top European clubs.
The 21-year-old has been a crucial player for the Ligue 1 side since joining them last year from Bordeaux and he would go on to play 36 times out of 38 in the league which further explains his importance to the club.
Tchouaméni’s strong performances was rewarded last month when he was called up to the France national team having represented them at youth level and he made his international debut in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Bosnia and Herzegovina replacing Thomas Lemar in the 46th minute.
Tchouameni scored his first goal of the season in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Bordeaux and it has not taken long for Europe’s top sides to sit up and take notice.
After impressing scouts on different occasions with his performances, Monaco have also been aware of interests from top European clubs and now they’re not willing to let him go cheaply and have placed a £34m tag on his head.
Liverpool, Juventus and Chelsea are interested in the 21-year-old, who is valued at £34m and have all taken a keen interest in the midfielder, according to Calciomercato, and they have been informed of his relatively affordable transfer value.
With Aaron Ramsey currently struggling to get into Allegri’s team, Juventus are keeping tabs on Tchouameni for the future despite the success Manuel Locatelli is having since his switch in the summer from Sassuolo but should the Welshman leave the club, the 21-year-old would be a good fit to replace him.
Chelsea could also be tempted to make a move for the Frenchman with Saúl currently struggling to make an impact since joining the club on loan from Atletico Madrid.
What position does Aurelien Tchouameni play in?
Tchouameni is principally a defensive midfielder, though he has the capability of playing as a central midfielder and team-mate Cesc Fabregas even said he could play as a No.10 if he wanted.
In terms of style, he is most aligned to a ball-winning midfielder but shows attributes of a box-to-box player and even as a deep-lying playmaker.
He ranks especially well defensively. He recovers the ball impressively, presses it exceptionally and defends well in the air.
Going forward, he is not as formidable, but he still ranks as average or better in the key attacking elements of the game. Indeed, his passing in terms of switching play and around the box is impressive.
Any move for Tchouaméni will likely happen next summer as there is only a slim chance of Monaco letting a key player leave in the winter transfer window.