Real Madrid sign Aurelien Tchouameni

Wanted French midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni has signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid, the club announced on Saturday morning.

The transfer was agreed to earlier this week, according to ESPN, but it was initially reported by the network as a five-year deal worth up to $86 million. In May, Tchouaméni reportedly rejected interest from Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain to move forward with a contract with Real Madrid.

Tchouaméni, 22, has spent the past two years with AS Monaco and also plays for the France national team. With Real Madrid, Tchouaméni is likely to be the long-term replacement for 30-year-old Casemiro, who has been with the club since 2013.

In May, fellow French soccer star Kylian Mbappé was reportedly close to joining Real Madrid, but backtracked and re-signed with PSG. The addition of Tchouaméni is a boon to Real Madrid’s sometimes shaky defence, despite the team’s race to win the La Liga and Champions League titles.

Real Madrid conceded just 31 goals in the 2021-22 La Liga season, but much of that was down to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as the team’s expected goals were 47.1. Real Madrid beat Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals, 5-4, and Manchester City in the semi-finals, 6-5. As the team beat Liverpool in the final, 1-0, Real Madrid allowed nine penalties.

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