Chelsea are among clubs keeping a close eye on AS Monaco star Aurilien Tchouameni, who has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence under Niko Kovac.
Amidst all the hype surrounding the Ligue 1 this season, AS Monaco’s drastic turn of fortunes under Niko Kovac has perhaps gone overshadowed. However, it appears there are still clubs that are keeping a close eye on their star players, with one of their main protagonists in Aurilien Tchouameni being courted by Chelsea, as per ESPN.
A product of the Bordeaux youth academy, Tchouameni has been one of the rising stars in Ligue 1 this term, becoming a key asset for Monaco in the heart of midfield.
A defensive midfielder by trade, the Frenchman has indeed been bossing games, with his composure, strength and technical prowess. His presence in the middle of the park, alongside the industrious Youssouf Fofana has added a new dimension in Monaco’s midfield. As such, at least one of these two stars make a strong case for being included in Ligue 1’s team of the season so far.
Tchouameni’s performances haven’t gone unnoticed at Chelsea either, with new manager Thomas Tuchel now keen on ringing in the changes in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The German tactician has already seen his fair share of Tchouameni, during his time at PSG during the first half of the campaign. The 21-year-old, in fact, was one of the leading figures in Monaco’s famous win over Les Parisien earlier in the season.
Therefore, the former Dortmund head coach could now be keen on accommodating the midfielder into his new-look setup next season. Although Tuchel is yet to show any desire to offload any of the current stars, the future of Mason Mount and Ross Barkley appears to be in question.
Even Jorginho could be deemed surplus to the requirements in the potential addition of Tchouameni due to their similar characteristics. However, it won’t be a walk in the park for Chelsea to get their hands on the Monaco star, given the likely competition they might face.
Not to mention, the 21-year-old is also expected to cost a fortune, although Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich has vowed to splash the cash once again this summer, which was seen the Blues re-emerge as one of the contenders to sign another hot prospect in Erling Haaland this summer.