Real Madrid have wrapped up a deal for Aurelien Tchouameni to wear white next season according to the Athletics.
An agreement between Los Blancos and Monaco is complete and the midfielder will become the club’s second signing ahead of the new campaign, following Antonio Rudiger.
The package will be worth over €100 million (including potential bonuses) and the deal will be announced over the next few hours, per those same reports.
The clubs are now in the process of finalising the paperwork and regulatory procedures in order for the 22-year-old’s transfer to be signed and officially announced.
Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain were also trying to sign Tchouameni but the midfielder decided to join Real Madrid instead. Los Blancos didn’t want to spend more than €60 million but it looks like the fee will be bigger than that.
He was a vital part of the Monaco side that finished third in Ligue 1 this season. He featured 35 times in the league, contributing three goals and two assists, and made a further 11 appearances in European competitions.
The midfielder’s impressive season has also seen him become a regular in Didier Deschamps’ France squads.
Tchouameni made his senior international debut in September 2021 and amassed 10 caps over the course of the campaign.
The Frenchman came through the ranks at Bordeaux, making 37 first-team appearances before moving to Monaco in January of 2020.
In Tchouameni, Real Madrid will have their long-term replacement for Casemiro and a reliable defensive midfielder for many years to come.
Tchouameni is still 22 years old and has established himself as one of the most promising midfielders in European football, so while the transfer is undoubtedly expensive, Real Madrid will be adding a brilliant player.
The signing is a strategic one with a view to the future as the club is well aware that the midfield needs revitalising before it is too late.
The historic and hugely successful trio of Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos could gradually make way for the triumvirate of the years ahead in Eduardo Camavinga, Fede Valverde and Tchouameni.
like Camavinga, Tchouameni is viewed as a midfield engine for the future but being a Full France international, he will be expected to contribute immediately he joins the club.
Tchouameni has made 95 appearances for Monaco in his two and a half seasons in the principality.