Chelsea ‘ready to move for 21-year-old France star Aurelien Tchouameni next summer’ after opting to let midfield target develop at Monaco for another season
- Chelsea signed Saul Niguez on loan with the option to buy on deadline day
- Blues had Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni on their shortlist of options
- They feel he could flourish with one more season in Ligue 1 with Monaco
- Thomas Tuchel’s side could then move for the midfielder next summer
Chelsea could move for promising 21-year-old Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni next summer.
The Blues had the Frenchman on their transfer shortlist but felt he could flourish with another season in Ligue 1.
According to the Athletic, Tchouameni is held in high regard by club chiefs at Stamford Bridge and he will reemerge as an option next summer.
Aurelien Tchouameni is emerging as a top prospect and started for France on Saturday
Thomas Tuchel is interested and Chelsea could reportedly move for him next summer
Thomas Tuchel opted to bring in Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day, initially on a season-long loan but with the option to buy.
They were understood to be concerned that Tchouameni lacked the experience to make an instant impact, despite playing 91 times in Ligue 1 already.
No doubt they will be among the clubs tracking his progress carefully this season, with Manchester United also holding an interest.
Didier Deschamps is an admirer and the France boss started Tchouameni alongside Paul Pogba in midfield against Ukraine on Saturday night.
Pogba spoke fondly of his team-mate after the 1-1 draw and clearly rates him highly.
Paul Pogba spoke about his new France team-mate in glowing terms on Saturday
He told Ouest-France: ‘Very very good. He’s not a boy, he’s a man.
‘It was a 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.’
Chelsea’s midfield contingent of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and now Saul appear to be well set but Tuchel is looking to the future and Tchouameni has been earmarked for future success.
The former Bordeaux man moved to Monaco last year but it seems unlikely the club will be able to hold onto their emerging star for long.
Tchouameni is a physically impressive player with the technical ability to be a threat