According to reports, Real Madrid and Liverpool have spoken with Monaco about signing Aurelien Tchouameni.
This season in Ligue 1, the 22-year-old has been in excellent form and is largely regarded as one of Europe's finest midfield talents.
Chelsea has long been interested in signing Tchouameni, who joined Monaco from Bordeaux in January 2020, and were in talks about a possible transfer last summer – however they ultimately decided against it despite considering a buy-to-lease agreement.
According to sources, Chelsea is still interested in signing Tchouameni, but a deal will be difficult to complete due to the club's ongoing ownership troubles, as well as competition from heavyweights Real Madrid and Liverpool.
Both are looking to improve their midfield options, with one eye on the future, and sources suggest they have informed Monaco of their interest in Tchouameni. However, no bids have been submitted to the Principality outfit as of this writing.
Real would prefer to spend no more than the €40 million they paid for Eduardo Camavinga last summer, and Tchouameni is said to be 'interested' in playing in Madrid.
Monaco, on the other hand, intends to stick to their €60 million estimate and is likely to hold out for that price given the high level of interest in him, according to sources.
Manchester United and Manchester City are rumored to be monitoring Tchouameni's position - he has two years left on his Monaco contract – but they have other targets on their summer shopping lists ahead of him, while Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are also interested.