Monaco starlet Tiemoue Bakayoko has agreed personal terms with English giants Chelsea, according to reports.
Bakayoko has been enjoying a terrific campaign with Monaco this term, and his impressive performances have already been recognised by his national team boss Didier Deschamps, as the 22-year-old was recently called up for France’s upcoming games against Luxembourg and Spain.
Moreover, the midfielder has also attracted interest from numerous top clubs from all across Europe, including Premier League powerhouses Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United. However, the Blues seem to have overtaken the Mancunians in this transfer pursuit, according to Sky Sports’ trusted journalist Guillem Balague.
As per Balague, Bakayoko has already agreed personal terms with the Stamford Bridge outfit, and the transfer will be done and dusted if Chelsea not only meet the price tag set on the player by Monaco, but also cough up more money than any other interested party.
Monaco's Bakayoko has agreed personal terms with Chelsea. Next step is for Chelsea to pay Monaco more than anybody else for the midfielder pic.twitter.com/XgbvJKvNPD
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) March 21, 2017
Some sources in England claim Chelsea are preparing an offer worth £32 million for the young starlet, but they could definitely improve the bid if necessary, as they are yet to reinvest the £52m they received from Oscar’s move to China during the January transfer window.
Antonio Conte is rumoured to have identified the Frenchman as his top priority transfer target, as the Italian tactician looks to increase the depth in Chelsea’s midfield, as well as field the formidable trio of Bakayoko, N’Golo Kante, and Nemanja Matic in the middle of the park.
With Conte’s enormous interest in signing the Monaco star, coupled with the midfielder recently rejecting the contract extension offered by the French club, this transfer looks likely to be a done deal already.