Liverpool reporter for The Athletic James Pearce hosted a Q&A on the website for supporters to ask him anything related to the club after the game against Aston Villa on Tuesday evening.
One supporter asked for an update on the highly exciting links to Monaco midfielder Tchouameni, and Pearce seemingly confirmed the club’s interest in the player by responding:
“Nothing new that I am aware of. Interest but Real also very keen.”
Spanish news outlet AS (via Sport Witness) have since reported that Liverpool are “very close” to signing the player and have “made an offer”.
Although speculation has been high surrounding the potential move for Tchouameni, the fact that interest is confirmed by a reliable journalist like Pearce will surely be exciting for supporters to read, as the popular midfielder is in high demand when it comes to having his pick of Premier League clubs.
Manchester United and Arsenal have also been linked to the player over the last few weeks, so it would be a really impressive coup for Klopp and his team if they manage to pull off securing the young star’s signature this summer.
Tchouameni has to be held in high regard as a master of all trades when it comes to his ability to offer a huge impact on both defensive and offensive play for his current Ligue 1 side.
According to Soccerment, since the beginning of last season, the 22-year-old has scored five goals and contributed four assists, whilst proving he’s not shy when it comes to taking his chances with 104 shots attempted and 34 big chances created for Monaco, but it’s not just his attacking attributes that stand out.
Tchouameni ranks at number one for interceptions (96) of any midfield player in the top five European leagues this season alone, with a pass accuracy of 87% and a duel success ratio of 63.9% proving that he is exceptional in defensive transition as well as getting stuck in with the attacking press, something that Liverpool love to execute in their style of play.
With that being said, the young talent could easily slot into Jurgen Klopp’s midfield system with ease and appears to identify as the exact type of player that Liverpool are looking to add to their ageing midfield.
If the club can get the deal over the line this summer he will be a very exciting prospect to watch.