Liverpool and Manchester United are both keen on bringing Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni to the Premier League in the summer transfer window, according to reports.
Tchouameni was named Ligue 1’s Young Player of the Year last season after a breakout campaign which saw him start all but two of Monaco’s league games.
The 22-year-old’s accomplished displays as a deep-lying midfielder caught the eye of clubs such as Chelsea, Man Utd and Real Madrid, all of whom retained their interest going into the January transfer window.
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A report last month insisted that Liverpool are now ‘more interested’ in Tchouameni than AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie as they look to boost their engine room in the summer transfer window.
And now Marca claims that Liverpool and Man United ‘have asked’ about the France international’s availability and Tchouameni ‘would not see the option [of a Premier League move] badly’.
It is understood that Juventus are another team interested in the midfielder but that Tchouameni would not be willing to move to Serie A at this point in his career.
The big rivals to the two Premier League sides comes from Spain, though, with La Liga giants Real Madrid eyeing up Tchouameni as a replacement for Casemiro.
He has been the subject of a number of ‘juicy offers’ already with the 22-year-old ‘aiming for the Premier League’.
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows Andy Robertson is “desperate to deliver” as the left-back was landed with even greater responsibility in the wake of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s absence.
With the Reds’ marauding right-back, who has provided two goals and a career-best 16 assists this season, sidelined for a number of weeks with a hamstring injury, the emphasis will switch heavily to the Scotland captain on the opposite flank.
While he has not been as prolific as his counterpart he was man of the match in Wednesday’s defeat of Arsenal, setting up the important second goal for Roberto Firmino.
“It is the full package of Robbo, not only as a player but a person as well. He wants desperately to deliver and work for the team,” said Klopp on Friday.
“Even though he and Trent set up a lot of goals, there is still space for improvement in the decisive moments.
“The goal (at Arsenal) was one of our favourite goals for a long time; first we win the ball back and second Robbo is waiting with his cross until he saw Bobby is now ready for it.
“It was an incredible pass in the end and Bobby had to do a lot to get it past (Aaron) Ramsdale.
“Yes played a really good game. It is not the first one and I hope it is not the last one.”