Real Madrid have reportedly reached a verbal agreement to sign Monaco star Aurelian Tchouameni in a deal worth €100m.
The two clubs are said to be in the process of finalising the paperwork for the 22-year-old, according to The Athletic, before the transfer is officially announced.
Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been linked with the France international, but he’s opted to join the Champions League winners this summer.
Tchouameni was a key cog in the Monaco side which finished third in Ligue 1 this season and has earned widespread acclaim for his dominant performances.
He came through the ranks at Bordeaux before moving to Monaco in January 2020 and is now a regular in Didier Deschamps’ France squad, making ten caps since his debut in September of last year.
Paul Pogba, who has played alongside Tchouameni for France, is a big fan of his compatriot.
He said last year: “Very, very good. He’s not a boy, he’s a man.
“It’s 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 a lot more games and that I am always by his side.”
Meanwhile, one Real Madrid player who could be on his way out of the club is Marco Asensio, who has admitted he will have to think about his future this summer amid links to Manchester United.
Asensio said: “I have one more year in my contract yet here we are talking about me leaving Real Madrid. This is an important moment for me, I will not deny it.
“I am more mature and not only on the field, this is an important moment and I will have to make important decisions.
“Me and my family know that I have to keep growing and moving forward. I want to achieve important things in football and they help me do that.
“Considering how this season went and what I experienced during my career, it’s true that I want more, I’m hungry for more and I would retire if it wasn’t like this, but I have many more challenges to achieve.
“I want to be the best player I can become and that’s why I keep working. I think this season it paid off even though I probably didn’t play many minutes. I want to play more and contribute more to the team.
“I know what our coach thinks. He’s happy about my season and he trusts me, this is something he told me himself.
“It’s true that I didn’t have the time to think and consider many things because of the Champions League final and the celebrations, but when these next two weeks with the national team end, we will talk about it all.
“This is something that my agent is taking care of. When the upcoming games with Spain are over, we will have to think about it. I want to keep growing and I want to achieve more things.”