Chelsea ‘have been following Tchouameni for months’ but face transfer battle with ‘several’ giants including Liverpool

CHELSEA have reportedly been tracking Aurelien Tchouameni ‘for months’ ahead of a possible summer move.

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However, the Blues face stiff competition for the Monaco star from several clubs – including Premier League rivals Liverpool.

Foot Mercato claims Thomas Tuchel is searching for a new holding midfielder.

And the German boss is a huge fan of Tchouameni, 22.

It’s now said Chelsea have been keeping close tabs on the anchorman for months.

Jorginho is being linked with a summer move to Juventus, while N’Golo Kante is out of contract in 2023.

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West Ham’s Declan Rice is also of interest, but he could cost over £100million.

Any new recruits at Chelsea this summer will be hugely dependent on who the club's new owners are – and how willing they are to invest in playing staff.

But if they are in a position to chase £42m-rated Tchouameni, the Blues will find he has admirers elsewhere.

Liverpool are thought to be Chelsea’s biggest challengers, with Jurgen Klopp needing long-term cover for ageing stars Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara.

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