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Deal Close: Chelsea Set To Sign Highly Rated Monaco Midfielder Branded ‘Next Iniesta’

Deal Close: Chelsea Set To Sign Highly Rated Monaco Midfielder Branded ‘Next Iniesta’

Chelsea are readying a fresh move for Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni in January and are considering sending summer loan signing Saul back to Atletico Madrid.

The Blues held talks with Monaco over Tchouameni in the summer, and even considered buying him and loaning him straight back to Stade Louis II before opting to bring in Saul.

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Chelsea wanted to wait and see on Tchouameni’s progress while keeping close tabs on him – but that decision could cost them as the 22-year-old has since emerged as a key player for the France national team.

Just over £30m would have seen a deal finalised in the summer of 2021, but that is no longer the case as it is believed the Principality outfit want around £50m for the young midfielder.

Chelsea are open to doing a deal in January which could see Tchouameni remain at Monaco until the summer – similar to when they captured Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in 2019 – although they would also look at a deal that would see him arrive at Stamford Bridge immediately.

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