Chelsea are reportedly giving ‘serious consideration’ to landing Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni rather than West Ham’s Declan Rice this summer.
The 21-year-old Englishman could be set for a transfer to Chelsea, following reports that the Blues are considering him as a Rice alternative.
As per The Athletic, Aurelien is under ‘serious consideration’ as an alternative for the Hammers midfielder.
Tchouameni currently plys his trade for Les Monegasques in France, playing in midfield alongside ex-Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas and has impressed in Ligue 1 recently.
The Frenchman could be seen as a cheaper alternative to Declan, who is the west Londoners are yet to initiate discussions for this summer.
The club are looking to spend big on a goalscorer and with the Irons valuing Rice at £100 million, Thomas Tuchel’s side could look for cheaper alternatives if the side were to sign a midfielder.
Tchouameni does not have the Premier League experience of Declan, but he could come at a much cheaper price if Chelsea target the midfielder.
However, the German coach will not make transfer decisions yet as the boss wishes to look at returning loan stars before dipping into the market.
This means that Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Ross Barkley could potentially fill the void left by Billy Gilmour in the middle of the park if the London giants do not pursue either Tchouameni or Rice this summer.