Chelsea bosses have doubts about Aurelien Tchouameni’s transfer request this summer.
Aurelien Tchouameni was a target for Chelsea at various occasions over the summer.
Chelsea’s pursuit of midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni was reportedly terminated this summer because the club felt he needed more experience before joining Stamford Bridge. With fewer than 48 hours till the transfer deadline, it appears that Thomas Tuchel’s demand for a new midfielder will not be granted this summer.
The Blues have made one huge signing in recent weeks, albeit paying £98 million for Romelu Lukaku is worth multiple transactions in and of itself.
A centre-back and a midfielder are also considered to be on Chelsea’s want list, in addition to a world-class striker.
With the clock ticking, Tuchel and transfer chief Marina Granovskaia may be forced to choose between the two options.
Jules Kounde was their top defensive target, but the deal appears to be off now that Sevilla is being unreasonable in their assessment of the Frenchman.
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Declan Rice was touted as their big-money midfield signing, but West Ham were also hesitant to let him go, seeking £100 million for his services.
Aurelien Tchouameni of Monaco was identified as a less expensive alternative.
The 21-year-old was a regular in Ligue 1 last season, but Chelsea believed he needed another season under his belt before he was ready for the Bridge, according to The Athletic.
With that, it appears that Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid is the last remaining target.
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The Spaniard is a more experienced choice at a cash-strapped club that might be prepared to bargain, but it’s unclear whether the Blues have given themselves enough time to do so.
Some questioned Chelsea’s desire for a new midfielder, given that N’Golo Kante and Jorginho were both awarded important UEFA honors last week.
Mateo Kovacic, who is technically gifted, is also a capable deputy in the event that one of them is injured.
However, this is where the issue arises. Kante suffered his second ankle injury in less than a month against Liverpool.
Tuchel would only step in if there was an injury problem. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”