The former agent of rumoured Tottenham target Aurelien Tchouameni has revealed the midfielder reminded him of Paul Pogba when he first saw him play as a teenager.
Tchouameni has taken Ligue 1 by storm since the start of last season with his eye-catching performances for Monaco. The 21-year-old’s rise has even seen him being capped five times for France this year.
Calciomercatoweb.it reported this week that Fabio Paratici wants to bring the midfielder to Tottenham when the transfer window opens in January.
The report claimed that Juventus were also interested in the Monaco man but are not in a financial position to compete with Spurs for his signature.
It was further asserted that the Lilywhites could make an offer of around €45m (£37.9m) for Tchouameni, which is still thought to be lower than Monaco’s valuation.
Tchouameni’s former agent Gregoire Akcelrod has now revealed the story of how he discovered the midfielder, comparing him to Pogba in the process.
Akcelrod told Marca: “In the summer of 2015 when he was 15 years old, a boy I represent tells me that his roommate wanted to see me and to represent him. I spoke to him, his name was Aurélien and he dazzled me with his maturity.
“He told me to go see him train. There was hardly any light and I noticed a boy with the yellow boots that I thought was him. He seemed like an ordinary player. I liked another one with pink boots.
“I was about to leave, but out of courtesy, I decided to stay. ‘This boy looks like Pogba’, I thought of the one with the pink boots.
“When the training was over I went to say goodbye to him and, to my surprise, he was the owner of those pink boots. ‘I won the lottery’, I thought.”
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While Tchouameni has a long way to go before he can be spoken about in the same breath as Pogba, the comparison is actually a really good one as far as the 21-year-old’s style of play is concerned.
It will certainly not prove easy for Spurs to snap up the Monaco man as he is likely to attract interest from several big hitters across Europe.
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