Chelsea already know how much they need to pay to secure their long-term N’Golo Kante replacement amid concerns that Manchester United could trump them this summer due to Paul Pogba’s uncertain future.
Aurelien Tchouameni has just come off the back of Nations League success with France and as a result of his promising performances in midfield, the 21-year-old has many potential suitors lining up to make a January bid for his services.
Alongside the Blues and Juventus who are currently the frontrunners in this transfer race, Real Madrid and Manchester United are the latest to register their interest following the Les Bleus’ Nations League success in which Tchouameni starred in.
But as football.london has already alluded too in a recent piece, Marina Granovskaia should be at the front of the queue for the Frenchman’s signature as he appears to be the ideal Kante replacement for when the former Leicester man does decide to leave the Blues.
In an interview with Le Parisien, Tchouameni’s former coach at Bordeaux Jean-Luc Dogon said: “He prepares, analyses and anticipates everything.
“As a teenager, he was already looking to understand everything at training. He plans things and never leaves anything to chance. He’s a hard worker. He never panics and manages his emotions.”
That meticulous attention to detail when preparing for games is certainly something that is easily identifiable in Kante, too.
Gregory Dupont, Real Madrid’s former fitness coach, previously hailed the 30-year-old’s professionalism and approach to his career.
Talking to Marca, he said: “He is capable of repeating his efforts and recovers like nobody else, either in the course of the same game or between two.
“He has innate conditions, but how he lives also helps. He takes great care with food and hydration and he sleeps a lot.”
With this in mind, coupled with the struggles that the European Champions are facing in their Declan Rice pursuit, it seems that all attention has now turned towards the 21-year-old who football.london understands is high-up on the midfielder shortlist in west London.
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Despite transfermarkt valuing the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Season for the 2021/22 season at £31.5million, Spanish outlet Marca claim that it could take an offer of around €60m [£51m] for Monaco to relinquish their most prized asset in the mid-season transfer window.
That’s a £20m difference between his valuation, meaning Granovskaia may have to work her magic again in the market to result in another ‘Marina masterclass’.
Rice, valued at £100m by West Ham would cost nearly £50m more than the young prodigy, therefore, showing the big decision that the Blues hierarchy need to make quickly before the January transfer window comes around.
Source by Football London