Chelsea ‘fresh talks’ with £34m Man Utd-linked Ligue 1 star

Date published: Thursday 19th August 2021 11:10 - Will Ford

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Chelsea have reportedly ‘held fresh talks’ with the representatives of Aurelien Tchouameni as they look to beat Manchester United to his signature.

The Monaco midfielder was rumoured to be on the Blues’ radar earlier this year, but their transfer focus was drawn to bringing a striker to the club.

Having now secured the £98m signing of Romelu Lukaku, they are now back negotiating with the 21-year-old’s entourage over a deal, according to Chelsea insider Simon Phillips.

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He tweeted: ‘Hearing Chelsea have held fresh talks with Tchouameni reps. Some big decisions to make in the final stages of the window…’

Tchouameni – who would cost in the region of £34m – was a standout midfielder in Ligue 1 last season, thriving under the leadership of Niki Kovac.

Manchester United have reportedly held talks with his agent as they target a new defensive midfielder.

Cesc Fabregas has played alongside Tchouameni at Monaco and the former Chelsea midfielder believes he has the ability to go right to the top of the game.

“He has the potential to be the complete midfielder. He’s a modern midfield player,” Fabregas said earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Lukaku has been handed the No.9 shirt at Stamford Bridge, following the departure of Tammy Abraham.

Lukaku said: “Yeah I have the number nine shirt, I’m very happy and very fortunate to be in the situation.”

Speaking about the team dynamic, he added: “Cesar Azpilicueta’s the captain, he’s been here for many years, he’s a great captain. When I was in quarantine he was already messaging me, to help about houses and things like that.

“So in terms of leaders, there are many players that have big personalities in this dressing room.

“I’m one of the players who likes to connect everybody, and make everyone feel comfortable and give them confidence, because those players deserve to be Chelsea players and they showed that last season.

“So this dressing room has a lot of personality, which is what I like.

“It’s good to be back. As a footballer, you fight to achieve your dreams. I’m here now and I can’t wait to get on the pitch and perform with my team-mates.”


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