Chelsea On The Verge Of Securing A £35m Deal For Bakayoko

Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko celebrates with Kylian Mbappe-Lottin.

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According to Daily Mail, Premier League Champions Chelsea are closing in on a £35m deal for Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Bakayoko joined Monaco from Rennes for a reported £6.8m in 2014, but rose to prominence during the 2016-17, season, where his exploits in midfield proved crucial for the club’s Ligue 1 title triumph, and their journey to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Following an impressive campaign, the Frenchman has been on Chelsea’s radar for many months, and as per reports, the Blues are very close to securing a deal for the talented midfielder for £35m.

Sources also go on to claim that Bakayoko’s arrival to West London could spell the end of Nemanja Matic’s stay at the club, who is being linked with a move to Manchester United.

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic celebrates scoring their fourth goal.

Reuters / Peter Nicholls

There is no denying that the Serbian played a key role alongside N’Golo Kante in Chelsea’s title run, but Antonio Conte reportedly decided to bolster his midfield options, as the Premier League giants will be competing for the Champions League title next season.

It’s been already confirmed that Chelsea are going to lose their star striker Diego Costa, and with the future of Eden Hazard still uncertain, the latest speculation of Matic joining Manchester United in the summer could be a disappointing news for the Blues’ fans.

In addition to that, the supporters are also worried about the friction between Conte and Chelsea board regarding the club’s transfer policy.

Unlike the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea haven’t signed any player until now, and it’s been reported that the former Juventus manager is frustrated at the club’s failure to make early inroads in the summer market.

The Italian tactician has reportedly prioritised six summer signings apart from Bakayoko and Lukaku, and he wants the transfers to be completed before Chelsea’s three friendly games, else at least prior to the Community Shield match against Arsenal on August 6.

 



Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam  

United fan since Edwin Van der Sar denied Nicolas Anelka’s penalty to earn a dramatic Euro glory. Firmly believes that Lionel Messi deserves to win the Ballon d’Or until he plays this sport. One time writer for GiveMeSport and Roar. A regular contributor to Sportskeeda and BlameFootball.

 

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