Wow. Where to begin?
In what has been a whirlwind 24 hours for Liverpool fans, it would appear as though the Reds have a clear run at AS Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni this summer.
A report from Foot Mercato initially broke the story that Liverpool want “want to beat Real Madrid at the post for Aurélien Tchouameni!”
They claim that “Jurgen Klopp loves” the 22-year-old and that Los Blancos would “have a hard time convincing both AS Monaco and the player financially speaking.”
That was fantastic to read and it was further verified by the Daily Mail’s Dominic King, who reported that the Frenchman is a player of interest.
Liverpool then beat Villarreal in the Champions League to take a massive step towards reaching the final.
It couldn’t get any better right?
Paul Joyce then broke the news that Liverpool are set to enter talks with Jurgen Klopp over a contract extension after the manager showed a willingness to remain at the club beyond his current deal.
However, the journalist also reports that Liverpool are interested in Aurelien Tchouameni as well as Jude Bellingham although the Englishman is unlikely to be available this summer due to Erling Haaland leaving the club.
That’s where the great news ends right?
A claim from Spain now suggests that Liverpool are in the clear as far as the race to sign Tchouameni is concerned.
AS journalist, Sergio Santos, reports: “Tchouameni likes Madrid, but right now he is NOT a priority.
“He will only arrive if it is at a reasonable price (something that is not given now).
“In no case will Madrid enter into an off-market bid for a player who would initially arrive as a substitute.”
In follow-up updates, Santos claims Madrid are not planning on investing into their midfield ranks.
Meanwhile Carlo Ancelotti believes Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro are still vital to the club’s future and that Federico Valverde, Dani Ceballos and Eduardo Camavinga are more than enough as backup.
For Liverpool, this is sensational news as it means they essentially remain uncontested should they pursue Tchouameni seriously.
It will cost around €50million (£42m) to prise him away from AS Monaco which is not far away from the fee Liverpool paid to sign Fabinho from the Ligue 1 side.