By Sam Stone

9th Jun, 2022 | 9:10am

Real Madrid £85m Aurelién Tchouaméni deal could make life harder for Leeds United pursuit of Takumi Minamino

Real Madrid securing a deal for Monaco midfielder Aurelién Tchouaméni could have negative implications for Leeds United in their pursuit of Takumi Minamino due to the cash boost for the Ligue 1 side.

As revealed by This is Anfield on 8 June, the French side along with Leeds are keen on the Japan international with Liverpool asking for £17million for the attacker.

Monaco could well be in the driving seat for the attacker after receiving £85million for Tchouaméni, after it was reported by The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano on his personal Twitter account [7 June] that the Spanish giants have agreed a deal for the 22-year-old French midfielder.

With Liverpool keen to make as much profit as possible on Minamino, there is every chance they will be more inclined to a deal with the highest bidder and that could well now be Monaco after their latest cash injection.

Liverpool’s asking price for the 27-year-old Japan international is slightly over the top.

He is a talented player but £17million for a 27-year-old attacker who has barely featured for the Reds this season in any meaningful game seems a bit steep.

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Marsch has obviously worked with the Liverpool man before and that could be a deciding factor in the next move for Minamino and maybe the American could get the best out of him.

Even if Marsch can revive some sort of form out of Minamino, he is still beyond the point of further development, with the winger unlikely to be any sort of asset in the future.

It could well be a move that works out in the short term, but if Leeds want to think sustainably and long term then they should probably avoid a move for Minamino.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are set to be blown out of the water for this signing.