“He’s a complete midfielder and reminds me of Steven Gerrard” – Paul Mitchell gives verdict on player wanted by Thomas Tuchel

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Monaco chief Paul Mitchell has hailed Chelsea transfer target Aurelien Tchouameni as a complete midfielder.

The French side’s sporting director also warned Chelsea that the midfielder will be ‘as expensive as the Grand Casino’.

He told Tuttosport: “He is a complete midfielder, very fast and physically strong, he reminds me of Steven Gerrard.

“He is already a top player despite being only 22, but if we want to become a top club, then we should not sell him.

“We are an ambitious club. Everyone, from President Rybolovlev to coach Niko Kovac is ambitious here.

“However, we’ll assess the situation at the end of the season. The player is under contract until 2024 and his transfer value is the one of a top player.

“Everything is expensive in Monte Carlo, let’s say that Tchouameni is as expensive as the Grand Casino.”

Chelsea were linked with the highly-rated youngster in the summer but instead opted to sign Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid, who has so far flopped at Stamford Bridge.

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