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Chelsea are reportedly in pole position to sign French wonderkid Aurelien Tchouameni amid interest from Real Madrid. Tchouameni is a rising star in Ligue 1, having become a regular for Monaco since moving to the Principality from Bordeaux in January 2020.
Still only 21, he has made more than 60 appearances for Monaco and has been one of the first names on the team-sheet for boss Niko Kovac.
He has played in all but one game for Monaco so far this term, with that absence due to a suspension for collecting too many yellow cards.
Aside from that brief spell in the stands, Tchouameni has starred for Monaco from his position in defensive midfield.
He was even named captain by Kovac for the win over Sparta Prague in the Europa League, a victory that has helped Monaco to the verge of qualifying for the knockout stages.
Tchouameni’s impressive form has seen him called up by France national team boss Didier Deschamps, who has handed him six caps.
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But Monaco’s results in Ligue 1 have been inconsistent, with Kovac’s men sitting a lowly 11th in the table.
That mid-table placing has now sparked a race to sign Tchouameni among the top European clubs, despite his contract running until 2024.
According to Marca, there are two main frontrunners in that race, one being Premier League table toppers Chelsea and the other being Real Madrid.
Los Blancos are said to have been monitoring Tchouameni for some time, marking him out as a possible target for the future.
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But a move to the Bernabeu could prove difficult for the La Liga giants to complete, with Chelsea said to be ‘in the lead’.
The Spanish news outlet reports that the Blues have made signing Tchouameni an ‘urgent’ priority as they are currently in a ‘preferential’ place.
Tchouameni is said to be in ‘no hurry’ to depart the Stade Louis II, but Marca believes it is unlikely he will remain at Monaco beyond this season.
The midfielder has admitted that he was ‘flattered’ to be linked with a move to Madrid, but insisted his focus remains on playing well for Monaco.
“I was in Paris, I woke up and saw that a lot of people had called me. My dad told me that I was on the cover of Marca,” he told L’Eqiupe last week.
“I got on Twitter and saw it. It’s flattering, but it’s something I don’t think about much. To think. It’s nice, flattering.
“But what good is it? Being on the front page of Marca is not what will make me play good games or what will feed me.”
Marca report that the race to sign him is set to intensify over the coming months, with both Madrid and Chelsea attempting to convince him to move to their club.
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