Aurelien Tchouameni


10 Promising Players Under-23 To Watch Out For In Qatar 2022

The World Cup is fast approaching and there are some promising young star to watch out.


Below are the top 10 youngsters to showcase their talents:

Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal) 20

The highly-rated 20-year-old midfielder caught the eye of Tottenham who snapped him up from Metz in the summer of 2021 before immediately loaning him back to the Ligue 1 side for last season.

Although yet to make an appearance upon his return to the Premier League club so far.

He has had 10 outings for his national side and was part of the squad for the successful AFCON campaign earlier this year.


Julian Alvarez (Argentina) 22

Being an Argentine forward is probably quite an unenviable position to be in given the HUGE shadows cast by players past, but the recent Manchester City signing could be ready to take on the challenge.

The 22-year-old is touted as the long-term option in the striker position and will hope going to the World Cup with one of the strongest Argentina teams for many a year could be the ideal opportunity to impress and ultimately propel himself into football’s elite.


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Jude Bellingham (England) 19

Jude Bellingham has been improving year-on-year since swapping Birmingham for Borussia Dortmund in 2020 and has likely earned himself a spot as England’s starting central midfielder for the tournament.


Charles de Ketelaere (Belgium) 21

Resisting all temptation to type in ‘good feet for a big man’, it’s impossible to ignore the fact Belgium’s 6’4” attacking midfielder is very tidy on the ball.

The 21-year-old made the move from Club Brugge to AC Milan in the summer and while he is still adjusting to life with the Serie A champions, he still appears to be part of Roberto Martinez’s plans for Qatar.

His appearances are expected to mostly come from the bench, but he is likely to still be given the opportunity to showcase his talent and obvious technical ability when he features.

Pedri (Spain) 19

Much was made of the absurd number of matches Pedri featured in for both Barcelona and Spain in 2020/21.

But such is the midfielder’s immense talent, it’s easy to see why his managers considered him indispensable.

Almost understandably the 19-year-old succumbed to injury which kept him sidelined for long spells last season.

But returning to fitness in time for the World Cup, he will be fully expected to be La Roja’s driving force in Qatar.


Vinicius Jr (Brazil) 22

2022 has already seen the 22-year-old bag the winner in the Champions League final and with Brazil picked by many as favourites for the World Cup, what price the talented winger making it a special double in Qatar?

‘Vinicious’ will be one of the players everyone will be looking forward to watching when the tournament starts.


Rafael Leao (Portugal) 23

The 23-year-old has been one of AC Milan’s star players recently and was key to the club winning a first Serie A title in 11 years last season, contributing 11 goals and 10 assists to the cause.

Gavi (Spain) 19

There’s something ominous about Spain possessing two talented Barcelona midfielders who dovetail almost telepathically on the pitch and in the aforementioned Pedri and Gavi, it might be time for the rest of the world to worry once again.

The technically gifted youngster plays with a maturity well beyond his 19 years and with his diminutive 5’8” frame, fits the mould of tricky, technically astute players Spain are renowned for churning out.


Aurelien Tchouameni (France) 22

Like Spain, however, France is another nation that develops gifted midfielders like they are going out of fashion and among the latest on the conveyor belt is Tchouameni.

With N’Golo Kante’s ongoing fitness woes, the player primed as his successor is already gaining experience in the France engine room

and although nominally a defensive midfielder with strong, ball-winning capabilities, the 22-year-old is just as handy moving the ball forward either through progressive passing or carrying it himself.


Jamal Musiala (Germany) 19

Bayern Munich’s 19-year-old forward opted to play for Germany rather than England and showed the Three Lions exactly what they missed out on in the 3-3 Nations League draw at Wembley.

Fleet-footed and nimble, Musiala will trouble almost any defender he encounters at the tournament and could be key as Germany eye a record-equalling fifth World Cup triumph.

Real Madrid Agree Aurelien Tchouameni Deal Worth Over €100m

Real Madrid have agreed a deal with Monaco worth over €100m for French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 90min can confirm.

Los Blancos missed out on the signing of Kylian Mbappe earlier this summer and quickly turned their attention to Tchouameni, who had also attracted from Chelsea, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain.

Sportdaylight understands that personal terms were agreed with all four sides but Tchouameni

later broke off talks with the latter three, having decided that he wanted to join Real this summer, and negotiations between the two clubs continued.


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Now, sources close to the situation have confirmed that a deal to sign Tchouameni has been struck, with Real agreeing to pay an initial €80m (£68m) plus a further €20m (£17m) in add-ons.

The 22-year-old emerged as an elite midfielder last season with Monaco,

making 50 appearances in all competitions and chipping in with five goals and three assists, and he is now a regular in Didier Deschamps‘ France squads.

Tchouameni played the majority of his minutes as a defensive midfielder, operating either as a lone anchor man or alongside Youssouf Fofana in a pivot,

but he is also comfortable in a slightly more advanced role.

He is set to become Real’s second signing of the summer after Antonio Rudiger, who has agreed to join the club on a free transfer after allowing his Chelsea contract to expire.

Chelsea's Transfer Targets For 2022

Chelsea weren’t the most active team in the summer transfer window, putting most of their energy into completing the re-signing of Romelu Lukaku, however the team are expected to revisit the market in January with depth on the agenda for Thomas Tuchel.

Saul Niguez’s arrival in the summer has been nothing short of a disaster, with the Spaniard having disappointed pretty much every time he has appeared on the pitch.

It is expected he will have his loan spell cut short in January, with the Blues then likely to head back into the market to replace him.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is expected to leave in January which will give Marina Granovskaia further room to manoeuvre with regards to a midfield signing.

Whereas in the summer there are serious options on the table to add goals from wide areas in order to take pressure off the struggling Lukaku.

Thiago Silva’s contract extension has lessened the need for a defensive signing in January.

Although Antonio Rudiger’s contractual situation is a potential problem ahead of the summer with both Manchester United and Real Madrid linked to his signature.

With Chelsea having money to spend as soon as January, there is no doubt they will be more active in the two windows set to take place in 2022, but just who are the Blues targeting?


Gleison Bremer – Central Defender – Torino

Chelsea still hope that Rudiger will re-sign with the London club, but they are preparing contingency plans if he defects to Real Madrid in the summer.

Torino defender, Gleison Bremer, has enjoyed a fantastic season in Serie A.

Showing a marked improvement in his performances and is attracting interest from other clubs.

The Brazilian, at just 24 years old, is a quintessential Chelsea target, with the scope to improve with experience.

And make up for the loss of physical presence in defence that Rudiger would undoubtedly leave behind.


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Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Central Midfield – Lazio

Chelsea’s starting midfield three of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic is one of the best around.

And this makes signings in that area somewhat difficult as it isn’t possible to offer them a starting position.

However, Milinkovic-Savic’s situation at Lazio could well make this deal much more beneficial for all parties.

He has fallen out of favour with Maurizio Sarri and his value is only going to decrease without football.

The Serbian midfielder would give Chelsea something they don’t have, power in midfield, and his technical attributes would often give Tuchel tactical options if he doesn’t wish to select Kai Havertz in a game where more defending is required.


Aurelien Tchouameni – Central Midfielder – Monaco

This is a move that Chelsea’s scouting team has eyed for over a year, although he is deemed as being level in ability with Declan Rice, whom Frank Lampard was desperate to re-sign during his final summer in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Tchouameni is a blue-chip talent, a midfielder that you build your team around.

And there has been substantial evidence of this in his displays for Monaco this season.

Unlike Milinkovic-Savic, Tchouameni would be a marquee signing who would be expected to slot straight into the starting XI.

So, this may well be a deal that has to wait until the summer and be dependent upon one of Chelsea’s big three in midfield departing.


Ousmane Dembele – Winger – Barcelona

Dembele and Tuchel have a good relationship from their time at Borussia Dortmund together.

With the German coach overseeing the French forward’s incredible development in the Bundesliga.

At his best, Dembele was a prodigious attacking talent who made defenders miserable with his quick feet and direct play.

That player has been lost at Barcelona and he is looking to run down his contract which expires in the summer.

This has put the Catalan club in a difficult position of needing to sell him in January to avoid making a disastrous loss with the forward having been the club’s second most expensive signing.

Such a development could aid Chelsea who are desperate for more support around Lukaku.

Meanwhile, Dembele being available for a cheap price in January would give Tuchel an additional weapon for both the Premier League and Champions League campaign.