Aurelien Tchouameni on Erik ten Hag's wishlist
They can’t all be right can they. Manchester United’s transfer plans under Erik ten Hag are understandably open ended at this early stage.
This has led to numerous options being put forward, with top targets differing dependent on which outlet you read.
A new report from ESPN claims Aurelien Tchouameni is Ten Hag’s top midfield target.
This isn’t the first time Tchouameni has been linked to United. The Athletic reported in January that the Red Devils were monitoring him.
The Monaco midfielder has since kicked on further and is playing some of the best football of his young career.
He is a regular with France, and as a more defensively robust player, he is a far better fit for what Manchester United actually need, than Paul Pogba currently is.
Interest from Real Madrid is referenced in ESPN‘s report and the Spanish side are the biggest threat to United, although their move for Eduardo Camavinga last summer may make game time for him more complicated there.
At United, Tchouameni would not get to play Champions League football next season, but this feels more like a short term negative when the midfielder is weighing up a long term decision.
Players across Europe should be excited to join Erik ten Hag’s rebuild at Manchester United, and landing in demand Tchouameni would be a big statement.
The midfielder won’t come cheap of course. While less expensive than Declan Rice, Tchouameni’s strong form for club and country, plus links to Real, have pushed up his potential price tag towards the £60 million mark.
At this price he becomes a little more of a gamble considering his age and lack of experience in a top league, but one which is probably worth taking.
If United do spend big on Tchouameni, then it may mean compromising spend on a striker. These are the balances United have to figure out ahead of the summer.
For now, it’s encouraging United doing the mix for an outstanding prospect in a must fix position.
Signing him is one for best possible outcomes for United midfield this summer.