Liverpool have begun negotiations to buy Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, according to reports in France.
The 22-year-old is one of Ligue 1’s highest rated young midfielders and is competing to win a place in France’s World Cup squad later this year.
Several clubs across Europe have been linked with Tchouameni, with Real Madrid and Chelsea both interested in the midfielder.
Earlier this month, reports claimed that future United manager Erik ten Hag has identified Tchouameni as a signing he would like to strengthen his midfield options this summer.
But according to FootMercato, Liverpool have now entered the race to sign Tchouameni and have already approached the midfielder’s representatives.
The report claims that Jurgen Klopp’s side are also willing to offer a better deal to Tchouameni, while Monaco are holding out for a fee of € 60 million (£ 50.7 million).
Tchouameni was named in the Ligue 1 season’s team last year and also won the division’s award for young player of the year.
This period, the 22-year-old has remained an important part of Monaco’s midfield as the club remain in the hunt for a place in next season’s Champions League.
When asked about Tchouameni’s talent last year, former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who now plays for Monaco, said: ‘He has the potential to become a complete midfielder.
‘He’s a modern midfielder.
Tchouameni spoke about his future last month: ‘It is certain that I have not been the same player since my arrival in Monaco.
‘I passed caps, but I worked for a long time to reach where I am today. Honestly, I’m not focusing on the next one.
‘I continue to work and develop and we will see later. I do not know, maybe it’s a discussion I need to have with the coach.
But you do not have to be a Real Madrid or Manchester City player to be called up to the squad. We see players here who also play for very good clubs like Wissam [Ben Yedder] and me in Monaco.
‘Today I had a couple of starts in blue and I’m a Monaco player, so that’s not a question I’ve asked myself at the moment.’
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