The cost and competition for the player has practically ruled Barça out of the running
March will be a key month for making decisions regarding the summer transfer window. Clubs will be forced to make big calls and close agreements with players and their respective camps. In some cases, negotiations are advanced and just need to be signed. In other cases, some players may be ruled out -- not because they're not wanted, but due to other circumstances.
That could be the case for Barcelona's interest in Monaco midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni, who is wanted by Europe's biggest clubs. Barça have tacked him closely in recent years and are convinced he would be the ideal replacement for Sergio Busquets in the long-term.
However, a move to Barça has been practically ruled out. That is because the Catalan club have contacted Monaco several times in recent months to find out what the situation is. The price is prohibitive at €60m. And at Camp Nou, the priority is Erling Haaland and, if the Borussia Dortmund striker doesn't come, the money would be spent on a top defender and a lower cost forward.
Tchouaméni is also wanted by Real Madrid, while Chelsea and Manchester United are also keen. The pñlayer has not yet made any decision. Barça will continue to monitor the situation and hope that Madrid president Florentino Perez doesn't activate a move for the France international.
Barça at the moment are likely to opt for a cheaper midfield option, with Milan's Franck Kessie out of contract in the summer and available for free.