Man United keep a close eye on No.8 French playmaker

Real Madrid have reportedly held several meetings with Monaco chiefs over a possible transfer deal for exciting midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni. France international seems a hugely exciting young talent based on his recent displays in Ligue 1, and it looks only a matter of time before he’s snapped up by one of Europe’s elite.

Real Madrid are one of the main clubs chasing the signing of Aurelien, though their report also mentions interest from PL giants Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle United.

Midfield is a particular area of weakness for the Red Devils at the moment, with Fred having a poor campaign so far, particularly in some of the club’s recent big home defeats to rivals Liverpool and Man City.

The French midfielder could be an ideal upgrade on Fred, and, with he’d cost nearly €50m, he’d likely be a cheap alternative to West Ham United’s Declan Rice, who has also been linked with Man United in that position.

Of course, Real Madrid have also been going through something of a transitional period, but they’re perhaps not quite as far away from winning major honours since they have the advantage of playing in a less competitive league, with only three realistic title contenders as opposed to the five or six we often see in England.