Chelsea are reportedly keen on a transfer for AS Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni, who has been compared to Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in the past
Chelsea bolstered their midfield options on transfer deadline day by securing the loan capture of Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez for the season.
The 26-year-old, who is set to make his debut for the Blues at the weekend against Aston Villa, comes into Thomas Tuchel ‘s squad despite the German coach already having an array of options in the centre of midfield.
There is an option to buy Saul, should he impress at Stamford Bridge this season, for £34million, but Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia could turn her attention elsewhere if things do not work out for the Spain international in west London.
Aurelien Tchouameni has been linked with a move to the Blues in recent months, with the AS Monaco midfielder having less than three years remaining on his contract at the Stade Louis II.
The 21-year-old is highly rated around Europe already and is reportedly attracting interest from Chelsea, as well as Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Football journalist Duncan Castles, when speaking on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast recently, said Monaco currently value Tchouameni at around €40million (£34million).
United already have Paul Pogba at their disposal, but the France international has recently entered the final 12 months of his contract at Old Trafford and could leave in January or on a free transfer next summer.
Pogba’s French compatriot, Tchouameni, has been compared to the Man United star in the past, and spoke about the supposed similarities back in 2019.
Tchouameni said to RMC Sport: “It’s always nice to be compared to Paul Pogba. He is one of the players I follow the most. And he plays for a club that I like. He’s having a very good career.”
The bad news there, for Chelsea supporters, is that the France midfielder admitted that he does have an admiration of Manchester United.
Pogba himself is also a very big fan of Tchouameni, and praised him very highly when asked about him on international duty with France recently.
He said: “Very, very good. He is not a boy, he is a man.
“Pleasure to play next to him. He brings a lot of energy, a lot of energy, extraordinary technical and physical quality.
“We wish him to play lots of matches, and that I am always at his side.”
France boss Didier Deschamps recently started Tchouameni alongside Pogba in Les Bleus’ 1-1 draw away at Ukraine on Saturday evening, with the former impressing for his country.
Tchouameni played 86 minutes for France, completing 96 per cent of his passes and intercepting the ball three times – more than anyone else in his side.