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Real to sign Monaco’s Tchouameni on 6-year deal

France’s Aurelien Tchouameni (centre) is already a regular in the national team. (AP pic)

MADRID: Real Madrid have reached an agreement to sign French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni from AS Monaco on a six-year deal, the two clubs announced today.

The French international, 22, will join the European champions for a fee of some €80 million with another €20 million in add-ons, according to media reports.

Real said they would host a presentation ceremony for Tchouameni on Tuesday following a medical examination.

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

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

Real Madrid, who had been negotiating with the player since March, got the deal done ahead of the competition.

Considered to be one of football’s most exciting young talents, Tchouameni is already a regular in France’s national team and was part of the starting 11 in last year’s Nations League final against Spain.

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

Capable of playing both as a defensive and centre midfielder, Tchouameni will strengthen a stellar but ageing Real Madrid midfield led by Luka Modric, 36, Toni Kroos 32, and Casemiro, 30.

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