"Tchouameni deal? Someone told him he had to go at Paris Saint-Germain... yes, (Kylian) Mbappe was trying but this is normal," said Perez.
"PSG and Liverpool wanted Tchouameni, it's normal to have competition. He only wanted Real Madrid."
Anfield Watch Verdict
It was no secret that Liverpool were very interested in signing Tchouameni this summer.
However, he did say that Liverpool were aware that Tchouameni was attracting interest from other top clubs in Europe, including Real Madrid.
"PSG and Liverpool wanted Tchouaméni, it's normal to have competition. He only wanted Real Madrid".
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 15, 2022
As we know, the 22-year-old ended up signing for the Spanish Champions for a reported fee of €80 million plus €20 million in add-ons.
I honestly think that if the Mbappe saga between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid didn't happen, then we would've signed Tchouameni this summer.
At the time, it looked like Madrid were going to spend a large chunk of their summer transfer window budget on Mbappe (agent fees etc) and the Reds were going to swoop in and acquire Tchouameni.
However, that didn't happen and due to so many clubs being in for the French midfielder, it meant that Monaco could demand a hefty transfer fee.
Even though Monaco slapped a €100 million fee on Tchouameni, that didn't deter Real Madrid away.
It's still unknown whether Liverpool are going to sign a midfielder this summer, but I'd be hopeful we are due to being so invested in the Tchouameni deal.