Real Madrid have won the race for Monaco international midfielder Aurélien Tchouameni by making a bid of over €100m.
The 22-year-old is set to become one of the most expensive footballers of all time after the Champions League winners fended off interest from Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Athletic report that a verbal agreement has been reached between the two parties, with just paperwork and regulatory procedures ahead of the official announcement of the transfer.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds had been heavily linked with the emerging star as their season drew to a close, but after the loss to Real they seemingly lost the race.
He then returned to PSG and Madrid, with the latter able to table a massive offer after being snubbed by Paris star striker Kylian Mbappe.
Tchouameni had become a first-team regular at Monaco in the past two seasons since joining from Bordeaux, becoming a key cog as the principality’s side recorded consecutive third-place finishes in Ligue 1.
So much so that his exceptional play in midfield saw him break into Didier Deschamps’ French outfit despite intense competition from N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba.
Once the deal is done, Tchouameni will join compatriot Eduardo Camavinga, 19, in Carlo Ancelotti’s midfield ranks, heralding a bright future as Luka Modric and Toni Kroos head into retirement.
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