Newcastle’s takeover has thrown up a rumour or 100 and the final international break of the year has only intensified the gossip recently.

A recent report from the has claimed Aurelien Tchouameni of Monaco is a potential target.

Where have these claims come from?

The report has come from Sport Media Set in Italy.

It might be worth asking why an Italian outlet would know so much about an English club’s interest in a French international playing in France.

Rumours will continue to swirl ahead of the winter window, and only time will tell which interest is actually firmed up.

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How good is Tchouameni?

Tchouameni is one of the most highly-rated young midfielders in European football.

He has established himself in the France squad and looks set to be a star of the future.

 

In September, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba called his international teammate: “Very very good. He’s not a boy, he’s a man.

“Pleasure to play next to him. He brings a lot of energy. A lot of energy, extraordinary technical and physical quality.”

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Where would he fit into Newcastle’s plans?

When they took over the club, it was reported that the centre of midfield was one of five positions Newcastle’s new owners want to improve.

Tchouameni would certainly do that and he would be a midfield lynchpin to build around.

Signing him would be a huge signal of intent, not least because so many of Europe’s top clubs are also apparently interested in him.

TeamTalk claim both Milan clubs, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are also in the running so Newcastle would need to make him an incredible offer to convince him to come.

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