Real Madrid follow Tchouameni and Gravenberch to freshen up the midfield

Real Madrid are tracking Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni and Ajax’s Ryan Gravenberch, sources have told ESPN, with the France international the main candidate to freshen up the team’s veteran midfielder.

Tchouameni, 22, has become one of Europe’s most sought-after midfield prospects since becoming a first-team starter at Monaco last season.

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He has made 21 Ligue 1 appearances this season and has seven caps for France since making his international debut last September.

The much-loved Gravenberch, 19, is also already a full international with the Netherlands, appearing regularly in World Cup qualifying and appearing at the European Championships last year.

He is expected to be out of contract at Ajax in 2023 and has yet to agree an extension.

Sources have told ESPN that while Real Madrid are monitoring a number of young prospects, the pursuit of Tchouameni is « more serious ».

He is seen as a suitable alternative and possible replacement for Casemiro in defensive midfield.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti has consistently favored an experienced midfield trio of 29-year-old Casemiro, 32-year-old Toni Kroos and 36-year-old Luka Modric this season, leaving younger options such as Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga on the bench.

However, there is an acknowledgment at the club that a change of guard will be needed at some point, hence the signing of Camavinga from Rennes on transfer deadline day last summer.

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