AURELIEN TCHOUAMENI is officially a wanted man, with Manchester United joining Chelsea in the race to sign the highly-rated Monaco midfielder.
According to reports, Man Utd have joined Chelsea in pursuit of the France international after seeing his impressive displays in midfield alongside Paul Pogba in their Nations League triumph at the weekend.
Tchouameni, 21, lit up Ligue 1 in his 36 appearances for Monaco last season, winning the league's Young Player of the Year award and earning a spot in the Team of the Season.
The youngster burst onto the scene at Bordeaux in 2019 before making the switch to Monaco last January in a deal thought to be worth around £17million.
He starred alongside former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas in midfield to help his side finish third in Ligue 1 last season and secure a spot in the Champions League third qualifying round.
His fine form at club level earned him a call-up to the France national team in September and he has featured in all five of France's competitive matches since.
The young midfielder impressed after coming on for the last 15 minutes of France's 3-2 over Belgium in the Nations League semi-final and earned a starting spot in the final against Spain.
Playing alongside Paul Pogba, Tchouameni helped France win 2-0 to become Nations League champions, and his midfield partner has spoken about him in glowing terms.
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Pogba told RTL: "Very, very good. He’s not a boy, he’s a man. It’s a pleasure to play next to him. He brings a lot of energy. A lot of energy, extraordinary technical and physical quality.
"We wish him to play a lot more games and that I am always by his side."
Juventus are also reportedly in the race to sign Tchouameni, but could be priced out of a move with Monaco valuing their young star at around £34million.
Man Utd were thought to be after Tchouameni's signature in the summer, until transfer guru Fabrizio Romano revealed: "Manchester United are currently not working to sign Aurélien Tchouaméni from AS Monaco this summer. No talks or direct contacts as of now."
But with Man Utd's patchy form so far this season revealing their need for a new defensive midfielder, as well as Tchouameni's proven ability to play alongside Paul Pogba, the situation looks to have changed.
Chelsea appeared to be the frontrunners to land the wonderkid, but the Blues are also reportedly keen on resigning West Ham and England ace Declan Rice, 22, who left the club as a youngster.
Man Utd were also interested in bringing Rice to Old Trafford, but are thought to have cooled their interest after learning of West Ham's £100m asking price, leaving them free to pursue other targets.
If Chelsea were to splash out on Rice, that could leave the door open for Utd to swoop in for Tchouameni, but they will almost certainly face stiff competition from Juventus and other European giants in any case.
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