Chelsea want 22 y/o making tackle or interception every 15 mins instead of Declan Rice

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Chelsea aren’t short of midfielders with N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Saul Niguez, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley at their disposal, but Saul and Loftus-Cheek have barely featured this season while Barkley is surplus to requirements, so a new face might be required this summer.

The Blues have been interested in Declan Rice for the longest time, but West Ham United have no intention of letting him go – manager David Moyes has said for a year that it would take a bid of £100m for a suitor to procure his signature.

The Evening Standard say Chelsea may admit defeat in their pursuit of Rice and turn their attentions to Aurélien Tchouaméni – a 22-year-old defensive midfielder who plays for AS Monaco. Tchouaméni joined the Ligue 1 outfit on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Girondins Bordeaux and has gone on to make 80 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals with six assists.

The French international has an asking price of £83m), so he’d be available for less than Rice. Tchouaméni is a very talented midfielder too, so he’d be an excellent alternative.

The 22-year-old has made 35 appearances across the board, scoring three goals with two assists, creating 13 chances, making 30/39 successful dribbles, winning 55/78 aerial duels, completing 86.5% of his passes and averaging a tackle (67) or interception (64) every 15 minutes.

Tchouaméni has two-and-a-half years remaining on his deal at the Stade Louis II, so Monaco aren’t under any obligation to cash in this summer. The Frenchman would surely jump at the chance to join Chelsea given Monaco situation, however.

ASM have finished outside of the European places in two of the last three seasons, so they don’t have as much pedigree as the Blues. That could be the clincher.

Summary

Rice would be a fantastic signing for Chelsea, but Tchouaméni has all the attributes to be just as exceptional at Stamford Bridge. The Blues could land a player adept at turning over possession for less than the £100m West Ham are requesting, so this might be a no-brainer.