Transfer Talk: Real Madrid turn to Aurelien Tchouameni after Kylian Mbappe snub

Transfer Talk: Real Madrid turn to Aurelien Tchouameni after Kylian Mbappe snub

Published May 22, 2022
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Rodrigo Faez discusses Real Madrid’s reaction to reports that Kylian Mbappe will be staying at PSG. (0:33)

The summer transfer window is approaching, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!

Following Kylian Mbappe’s confirmation that he will be staying at Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid are now recalibrating their transfer plans and prioritising the capture of players in key positions rather than rushing back into the striker market.

Sport says that means finalising the signing of Aurelien Tchouameni, who is seen as the perfect player to solve the potential departure of Dani Ceballos.

Striker Mbappe had been Madrid’s main priority for months — so much so that Madrid pulled out of the race to sign Erling Haaland — and Mbappe had been the subject of intense speculation with his contract set to expire in the summer.

However, Saturday’s news that Mbappe will be staying with the Ligue 1 champions — much to the chagrin of LaLiga — means that Madrid are adjusting their plans accordingly.

Tchouameni, 22, has been impressive for AS Monaco this season and has been linked with clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. However, Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident he can tempt the Frenchman to the Spanish capital.

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