Four Aurelien Tchouameni transfer alternatives Liverpool could target after Real Madrid transfer

Liverpool have an interest in strengthening their midfield department and, naturally, Aurélien Tchouameni was near the top of their shortlist.

The Reds, however, have always feared the Monaco talent could be linked with Real Madrid. And their fears came to fruition with a report today suggesting the new Champions League winners have agreed an £85m deal for Tchouameni.

Given the Frenchman’s skills as a well-rounded but mostly defensive midfielder, who else could Liverpool be targeting? Let’s take a look at four alternative options.

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Ibrahim Sangare (PSV Eindhoven)

If there’s one thing Tchouameni offers alongside his defensive contributions, it’s physicality. He is around 6ft 1in tall and he is athletic with a natural ability to cover the ground.

Ibrahim Sangare appears to be a capable alternative after reviewing his profile. He stands around 6ft 3in and would provide Liverpool with a presence in the middle of the park.

The Ivorian is capable all the way but just like Tchouameni, he is used to recovering the ball regularly. In fact, he is ranked in the 91st percentile among midfielders in the Eredivisie this season for pressure recoveries, in the 98th percentile for possession-adjusted tackles and in the 99th percentile for possession-adjusted interceptions. .

Now 22, the PSV midfielder could be the most suitable alternative for Tchouameni.

Kouadio Koné (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Another player who seems comparable to Tchouameni is Kouadio Kone. He is only 21 years old and is currently under contract with Borussia Mönchengladbach until 2025.

The Frenchman ranked sixth in the Bundesliga among midfielders in tackles and interceptions this season which gives some insight into his defensive work.

When on the ball, Kone is an avid dribbler. He ranked ninth in the German top flight for successful dribbling this season, behind fast forwards such as Serge Gnabry and Christopher Nkunku to name a few.

His delicate nature when in possession allows him to win fouls often, as only four players in the Bundesliga have been fouled more than him this season. Kone hasn’t been on the scene long, but he looks like he’s one to watch.

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United)

One Premier League player who loosely fits the bill is Kalvin Phillips. The Leeds United fulcrum is now 26, but has just two years left on his contract at Elland Road.

The Englishman is homegrown, which is an advantage given Brexit’s implications for the transfer market, and he is capable with and without the ball of having executed a demanding style of play for the Whites in recent years.

During his tenure, Marcelo Bielsa deployed Phillips as a centre-back and as a midfielder. Gareth Southgate also fielded him as a No.8 during Euro 2020, and he once thrived surrounded by high-quality team-mates.

Phillips tends to be available to play very often – although he has struggled with injury issues this season – and he has proven himself in the Premier League. As a functional and reliable interpreter, he is an option worth considering.

Cheick Doucoure (Lens)

Cheick Doucoure is more of a generic option. At just 22, it remains to be seen if he is still Liverpool’s standard, but he looks like a talent worth watching.

Currently linked to a move to Crystal Palace, the Lensois midfielder is a dynamic player when in possession of the ball. He’s ranked sixth in Ligue 1 for progressive assists this season and sixth for progressive runs, with those numbers giving some insight into his proactive nature.

He’s 5ft 10in, which means he’s less imposing than Tchouameni, and he appears to be slightly less defensive based on his performance, but as a tough and always fit performer, Doucoure could be the alternative. cheapest on the list.

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