Cesc Fabregas has admitted he spoke to each Barcelona and one other of his former sides about signing Aurelien Tchouameni this summer season earlier than the Frenchman joined Real Madrid.
Fabregas performed alongside Tchouameni at Monaco, and noticed the teenager emerge as one among the world’s finest midfielders in latest seasons, with each departing because the finish of final season.
The Spaniard, who got here by the academy at Barcelona and likewise loved spells at Arsenal and Chelsea, has since joined Italian Serie B facet Como, taking over a part-ownership function as effectively as signing as a participant.
As effectively as discovering a brand new membership, Fabregas admitted to COPE that he spent a part of the summer season speaking about Tchouameni with a handful of his former employers.
“I spoke to people from Barça to sign him, he seemed like a great player for the future,” Fabregas stated. “I do know Tchouameni very effectively, however he couldn’t be signed financially.
“I gave my option to another of my former teams and in the end he went to the ‘enemy’ club. You have to take advantage of market opportunities.”
Chelsea are identified to have been eager on Tchouameni previously. The Blues declined to pursue his signature in 2021, as a substitute bringing in Saul Niguez on a season-long mortgage, earlier than their momentary switch ban final summer season left them unable to compete with Real to signal the 22-year-old.
Paris Saint-Germain have been additionally eager however Tchouameni opted to seal a dream transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu, becoming a member of for a whopping €100m.