Real Madrid had to fight off competition from most of the world’s top teams to land Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco
The 22-year-old has been announced as Real’s newest signing, with the club paying €100 million to bring him in on a six-year agreement.
It’s the kind of money you’d expect to spend for a guy who was among Europe’s best at his position last year but is still young. Tchouameni is unique, which is why they had to pay such a high price for him. Someone else would have done it if they hadn’t.
Tchouameni played defensive midfield with Youssouf Fofana for the most of his career at Monaco. The two would switch positions, with one guarding the defence and the other pushing forward.
His aggressive pressing skills, as well as his ability to cut into passing routes that opponents had not yet searched for, are both outstanding. Tchouameni collects loose balls and makes several tackles throughout games since he is constantly on the move.
Monaco, on the other hand, would sometimes play in a 4-1-4-1 formation with Tchouameni as the lone defensive midfielder. The Frenchman would be forced to put aside his tendency to buzz over the field in favour of serving as an anchor man, and he would appear at ease doing so.
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