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Liverpool: Fabrizio Romano drops Aurelien Tchouameni update

Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update on the future of reported Liverpool transfer target Aurelien Tchouameni.

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In a recent post on Twitter, the Italian journalist and transfer insider revealed that, following his own claim that Liverpool will be required to pay a far higher amount than AS Monaco’s €45m (£38.5m) asking price for the defensive midfielder last summer should they wish to sign him at the end of the current campaign, the 22-year-old’s price is now set at €70m (£60m).

In his tweet, Romano said: “Two goals tonight, top quality again and pure leadership even if he’s 22. Aurelien Tchouameni will be one of the best [opportunities] on the market. What a talent. AS Monaco won’t accept less than €70m for Tchouameni this summer.”

Liverpool must move

Considering just how impressive Tchouameni has been in France this season, it is easy to see why Jurgen Klopp would be interested in a deal to bring the 22-year-old to Anfield this summer.

Indeed, over his 33 Ligue 1 appearances this term, the £42.5m-rated defensive midfielder has been Philippe Clement’s standout performer, averaging 2.9 interceptions, 2.5 tackles and 51.3 passes and winning 7.7 duels (at a success rate of 64%) per game.

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The £19k-per-week France international has also impressed in an attacking capacity, scoring three goals, registering one assist and creating four big chances for his team-mates, along with taking 1.5 shots, making 0.5 key passes and completing 1.1 dribbles per match.

These returns have seen the youngster average a quite breathtaking SofaScore match rating of 7.33, not only ranking him as Monaco’s best performer in the French top -flight but also as the fourth-best midfielder and the eighth-best player overall in the entire division.

Furthermore, according to FBRef, Tchouameni also ranks in the top 2% of midfielders in Europe’s big five leagues for interceptions per 90 minutes, in addition to the top 14% for tackles, the top 12% for ariel duels won, the top 16% for passes attempted, the top 16% for progressive passes and the top 10% for shots over the last 365 days.

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These metrics see FBRef compare the 22-year-old stylistically to the likes of Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara, Arsenal’s Thomas Partey and Real Madrid’s Casemiro – demonstrating the calibre of player that the AS Monaco starlet is already considered to be amongst.

As such, it is clear to see that Tchouameni would be a signing Klopp would love to get over the line, and considering his undoubted ability and potential for further growth, Liverpool’s owners simply must stump up the £60m in order to seal a deal for the Frenchman this summer.

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