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