No Kylian Mbappe? Then Real Madrid open the portfolio for another French super talent. The Champions League winner pays more than 100 million euros for Aurelien Tchouaméni (22). Monaco’s human machine is to become one of the new princes of the Royal. Monaco and Real agreed yesterday to finalize the deal, the signature is still to come.
Don’t make the mistake of looking at his goal tally.
In the past, record sums were reserved almost exclusively for offensive-minded players who piled up goals and assists. But now Real Madrid – including bonuses – pays more than 100 million euros for Aurelien Tchouaméni. It may just not free Eden Hazard from the label “most expensive purchase in club history”.
Only: Tchouaméni was good for “barely” 3 hits last season.
The great quality of the midfielder therefore lies elsewhere. No one in Europe’s biggest leagues captures more balls than “The Octopus”.
Tchouaméni has an unprecedented recuperation ability due to his enormous physical ability and insight into the game. In addition, he is precise in the passing.
Sponge and vacuum cleaner
Feel free to ask Philippe Clement. The AS Monaco coach will confirm without hesitation how crucial Tchouaméni was in the team’s remonte.
Clement recently praised his luxury vacuum cleaner at Eleven Sports: “If he doesn’t get injured, he will become one of the best midfielders in the world”, predicted the ex-Club Brugge coach. “Someone with a lot of talent, but also an incredible work and listening mentality. He absorbs information like a sponge.”
Cesc Fabregas also admitted that he had rarely seen such a studious teammate in his career. It explains why Tchouaméni went through such a stormy development in France.
In 2020, Monaco snatched the top talent for 18 million euros from Bordeaux, where Tchouaméni made his professional debut at a young age. Since then, he has rarely missed a game – that too is a quality. In the meantime, the pearl has also become a permanent fixture in the French national team.
At the French L’Equipe they have almost run out of terms to describe Tchouaméni. From “machine” to “patron” to “guide”. Each article concluded that Monaco would by no means be the end station of the phenomenon.
The only question: what would be the next destination?
PSG showed interest (obviously), Liverpool too. Yet it is Real Madrid that will walk with the coveted signature of Tchouaméni.
A little revenge for missing out on He-Who-Can’t-Be Named Anymore in Madrid. Unlike that other Frenchman, Tchouaméni was always thinking about the Royal, despite a reportedly more lucrative offer from PSG.
At Real, the goldcrest will be part of “Operation Renovation”. With the current midfield, the Champions League winner still achieves great success, but nobody has eternal football life.
Casemiro (30), Luka Modric (36) and Toni Kroos (32) are getting a year older. With Eduardo Camavinga, a young substitution was added in the future. With Tchouaméni, a new crown prince has arrived for the Madrid midfield.
Ready to spread its tentacles in Bernabeu.