Manchester United midfield target Aurelien Tchouameni appears in no rush to leave Monaco amid claims he is one of the names at the top of Erik ten Hag’s summer shopping list.
The Red Devils are preparing to make way for Ten Hag as their new manager. With a verbal agreement for the 52-year-old, an announcement is expected early next week. He is due to become United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, and the highest-paid Dutch manager in the process.
Now the speculation begins about what his side will look like next season. As such, Ten Hag is reportedly looking to have an active say in his transfer business as he looks to shape a successful future.
Strengthening in attack and defense is apparently also in the spotlight. With Cristiano Ronaldo about to leave, United are reportedly in top position to land Darwin Nunez – thanks, in part, to another Old Trafford star.
However, they will also need to strengthen their options in midfield. With the likelihood of Paul Pogba leaving as a free agent, Nemanja Matic has also announced his departure this summer.
The experienced Serbian star has had an increasingly reduced role at United. Still, her departure, 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 with potential moves.
Nevertheless, a report on Friday claims it is actually Tchouameniwho tops Ten Hag’s wish list.
The 22-year-old has developed a solid reputation as one of the best young stars in French football. Known as a ferocious tackler with an exceptional engine, Ten Hag apparently wants him to be United’s midfield anchor next season.
However, signing him will not be cheap. To that end, manchester united he will apparently have to pay around £60m for his services.
Regardless of United’s plans, Tchouameni appears to be in no rush to leave Monaco.
Aurelien Tchouameni enjoying life in Monaco
Citing what attracted the club to him in the first place, the eight-time France star has been underscoring 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 involves working at home or at the club, in addition to team training.
“We are fortunate here at AS Monaco to have a very good infrastructure with the performance center, which allows us all to optimize our training. For example, I just got out of core training with the club’s physical trainer.
“These are things I try to do regularly, especially to prevent injuries. Today I am overcoming the matches without having any physical problem. That means that I am working 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 direction of the team’s coaching staff.
“Monaco is a very big French club with a wonderful history! Great players have played here..
“When I was in Bordeaux and found out 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-notch facilities. It is 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 the recent 3-0 victory over PSG.
He added: “It felt good to play in this system. After the last few games, I questioned myself. We found some answers today and that made our game much smoother. This is a good sign for the future.”