Real Madrid and Liverpool are getting ready to face off in the Champions League Final on May 28, and there is a lot of fanfare from Madridistas heading into the match regarding the incoming transfer of Kylian Mbappe, who strongly hinted that he is finally making his move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
After May 28, the battles between Real and the Reds will not be over. That’s because they look set to square off on the transfer market for an elite prospect from Ligue 1.
No, no, Liverpool’s dreams of signing Mbappe are not suddenly revived; they were never seriously going to sign him in the first place, regardless of what fantasies the press tried to sell Kopites over the past year.
However, it does sound like they could take away Real Madrid’s next top transfer target after securing Mbappe, which is another player who made his name at Monaco – current Monaco star midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.
Real Madrid can become the favorites again if they want
According to a report from Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato, Real Madrid have made new contacts for Tchouameni, but Liverpool are actually the current favorites to sign the Frenchman. They recently moved ahead of Los Blancos, and Jurgen Klopp, whose signings of Ibrahima Konate and Luis Diaz further reinforce his elite eye for talent, sees Tchouameni as a transfer priority for the Reds this summer.
Aouna makes it clear that Real still have great chances of convincing Tchouameni to go with the Merengues instead of Liverpool.
The Reds are reportedly the ones with the edge to sign Tchouameni right now, but that does not mean they are the true favorites. It is still early in the transfer battle, and the current price point of 70-80 million euros is a lot for either club.
Really, the final decision is going to come down how hard Tchouameni pushes in either direction –assuming he does move this transfer window at all – and which team is willing to invest in him more. Who sees Tchouameni as the bigger priority? Because there is no doubt that he could be a game-changer for either club.
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It appears that, currently, Liverpool is prioritizing him more than Real Madrid is, but we all know that this can change in an instant. As we saw with the signing of Eduardo Camavinga, Florentino Perez loves operating in silence.