Real Madrid reach agreement to sign Tchouameni from Monaco for six years

Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Nantes v AS Monaco – Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau, Nantes, France – January 9, 2022 Monaco’s AS Aurelien Tchouameni during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

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June 11 (Reuters) – Real Madrid have reached an agreement to sign French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni from AS Monaco on a six-year contract, the two clubs announced on Saturday.

The France international, 22, will join the European champions for a fee of some 80 million euros ($84.12 million) with another 20 million in bonuses, according to media reports.

Real said they would hold a presentation ceremony for Tchouameni on Tuesday after a medical.

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Tchouameni will become the second most expensive sale in Monaco’s history behind Kylian Mbappe, who signed from Paris St Germain for €180m in August 2017.

Named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year in 2020-21 after joining Monaco from Bordeaux for €16million, Tchouameni was in high demand, with Liverpool and PSG also keen to sign him.

Real Madrid, who have been negotiating with the player since March, completed the deal ahead of the competition.

Considered one of the most exciting young talents in football, Tchouameni is already a regular in the France national team and was in the starting XI in last year’s Nations League final against Spain.

He racked up 50 appearances for Monaco in all competitions in 2021-22, with five goals and three assists.

Able to play as both a defensive and central midfielder, Tchouameni will bolster a stellar but aging Real Madrid midfield led by 36-year-old Luka Modric, 32-year-old Toni Kroos and 30-year-old Casemiro.

He will join fellow French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, 19, who signed for Real in September 2021 from Stade Rennais in a deal worth up to €40million.

($1 = 0.9510 euros)

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Reporting by Fernando Kallas, additional reporting by Manasi Pathak; edited by Clare Fallon

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