Liverpool wanted to build their midfield around Real Madrid star - and it wasn't Jude Bellingham

Jude Bellingham and Aurelien Tchouameni were both Liverpool targets before joining Real Madrid
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The eyes of the football world will descend on Wembley Stadium this weekend for the Champions League final.

Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will meet in the European Cup final with both clubs looking to get their hands on the prestigious trophy. Madrid have won the trophy a record 14 times, while Dortmund are looking to win the competition for the second time in their history and their first since 1997.

Jude Bellingham is likely to be a talking point in the game as the England international goes up against his former club. Bellingham left Dortmund last summer to complete a deal worth potentially up to £115 million.

Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Bellingham before he decided to move to the Spanish capital, but the 20-year-old is not the only Madrid player that the Reds have seemingly shown an interest in signing..

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Aurelien Tchouameni was heavily linked with a move to Anfield in the summer of 2022. The midfielder had starred for Monaco during the 2021/22 season and was a target for the Reds almost two years ago.

However, Tchouameni instead decided to join Real Madrid instead of Liverpool. The France international completed a deal worth up to £85 million, and has now become a mainstay in the Madrid midfield alongside Bellingham

Tchouameni even admitted 18 months ago that Liverpool tried to sign him, and explained why he decided to reject a move to Anfield when the offer came in.

“The first club to show interest in me was Liverpool,” Tchouameni said in an interview with Le Parisien in November 2022. “There were discussions, but as soon as Real Madrid entered, my mind was made up.”

“I didn't hesitate for a second. I told my agent, take me to Real Madrid”.

Liverpool will not have the chance to see the midfielder in action in the Champions League final, though. Tchouameni has already been ruled out of the fixture with a foot injury, with Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti confirming the news last week.

"He's [Tchouameni] working individually, he won't be ready for the final -- he's ruled out for that," Ancelotti said in a press conference on May 24. "I think he will recover for the Euros, I think he can recover."