Chelsea are reportedly ‘in the lead’ to beat Manchester United and Real Madrid in the race to sign Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco.
Tchouameni, as quoted in Marca, has been described as the ‘sensation of the season’ and there is a ‘race’ to land his services in the summer, with Chelsea becoming increasingly impressed with the France international and their interest has become ‘urgent’.
The Monaco star has been an ever-present figure in the France squad in recent international breaks and has impressed supporters and his team-mates.
One of his Les Bleus team-mates who is particularly fond of Tchouameni is Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
Speaking to broadcaster RTL in September, quoted by Ouest-France, Pogba said: “Very very good. He’s not a boy, he’s 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.”
Pogba’s view on Tchouameni is clear and Chelsea did indeed hold an interest in him, football.london understands, but the Blues instead signed Saul Niguez on a season-long loan deal in the summer transfer window.
Despite Chelsea being fond of the Frenchman, the midfielder himself is not too bothered about sorting his future out at the moment, with less than three years remaining on his contract with the Ligue 1 club.
Talking to French publication L’Equipe, he said: “I remember I was in Paris, after the Nations League. I woke up and my phone had blown up.
“My father called me, we talked about everything and he told me that I was on the front page of Marca. I went on Twitter and saw for myself.
“I told him it was cool, but what does it actually matter? It doesn’t. The front page of Marca will not define me or allow me to perform well in matches.
“It’s not real life, but it is the media world, the football business. They talk about me today but tomorrow, they’ll be talking about another. In the dressing room, they put the cover up and laughed’ ‘Oh, you’re leaving us already?’
“It’s flattering, but I don’t wake up in the morning thinking about it.”