Aurelien Tchouameni makes his feelings clear on Monaco’s future as Man Utd talks escalate
Manchester United midfielder target Aurelien Tchouameni seems in no rush to leave Monaco as he claims to be one of the top names on Erik ten Hag’s summer shopping list.
The Red Devils are preparing to inaugurate Ten Hag as their new manager. With a verbal agreement in place for the 52-year-old, an announcement is expected early next week. He is set to become United’s fifth permanent boss since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson – and the highest-paid Dutch manager in the process.
Speculation is now beginning on what his squad will look like next season. As such, Ten Hag would be looking to have a say in their transfer business as he seeks to shape a successful future.
Strengthening attack and defense is apparently also a focus. As Cristiano Ronaldo is about to leave, United would be in pole position to land Darwin Nunez – thanks, in part, to another Old Trafford star.
However, they will also need to strengthen their midfield options. With Paul Pogba likely to leave as a free agent, Nemanja Matic also announced his departure this summer.
The experienced Serbian star has had an increasingly diminishing role at United. Even so, his exit, alongside Pogba, suddenly makes United’s midfield a priority area to tackle.
The likes of Kalvin Phillips, Amadou Haidara, Ruben Neves and Youri Tielemans are all linked to possible moves.
However, a report on Friday claims that it is in fact Tchouameniwhich is at the top of Ten Hag’s wish list.
The 22-year-old has established a solid reputation as one of the best young stars in French football. Known as a ferocious tackler with an exceptional drive, Ten Hag apparently wants him to anchor United’s midfield next season.
Signing him won’t come cheap, though. To this end, Manchester United will apparently have to pay around £60m for his services.
Whatever United’s plans, Tchouameni doesn’t seem to be in a rush to leave Monaco.
Aurélien Tchouameni enjoys life in Monaco
Citing what drew the club to him in the first place, the eight-capped France star highlighted his happiness in the Principality.
He said Monaco official website: “When I start something, I try to be the best I can be. I aspire to be one of the best players in Europe in my position. So I work every day to achieve this goal. It means working at home or at the club, outside team training.
“We are lucky here at AS Monaco to have very good infrastructure with the performance center, which allows us all to optimize our training. For example, I come out of core training with the club’s physical trainer.
“These are things I try to do regularly, especially to prevent injuries. Today, I go through matches without having any physical problems. So that means that I work well on the side, with the physiotherapists, and the staff, in particular to avoid muscular problems.
“At home, I also have a gym, and sometimes I do a few more sessions, like last night, always under the guidance of the team staff.
“Monaco is a very big French club with a great history! Great players have played here…
“When I was in Bordeaux and I heard about the club’s interest in me, I didn’t hesitate for a second to come here. I knew it could help me progress, with top facilities. It’s a top project for young players. So today, I am very happy to be part of this great club.
Playing alongside Youssouf Fofana, Aurelien Tchouameni played a starring role in a recent 3-0 win over PSG.
He added: “It felt good to play in this system. After the last few games I questioned myself. Today we found answers and it made our game much smoother. It’s a good sign for the future.”