The transfer episode involving Bakayoko and Chelsea will finally be over this week, as the French midfielder is expected to arrive in London for a medical soon.
The Blues have been actively pursuing a deal for Bakayoko over the last few months, and now, they seem to have reached an agreement with Monaco.
The 22-year-old box-to-box midfielder was expected to join Chelsea much sooner, but a complication with the player’s knee surgery prevented the deal from being done early. However, Bakayoko is now deemed fit for having a medical with Chelsea without the need to undergo a surgery.
The Frenchman played a crucial part in pleasantly surprising feats that Monaco achieved under coach Leonardo Jardim, as the player made a total of 51 appearances across all competitions.
Jardim’s side, remarkably, stunned the habitual Ligue 1 winners PSG by winning the domestic title, and also gained high praise for their heroics in Champions League, where they made it into the semi-finals.
The anticipated arrival of Bakayoko at the Stamford Bridge is also seen as the end of the road for Nemanja Matic, who is heavily linked with a move to Manchester United. However, Conte is extremely reluctant to do business with Jose Mourinho because of Chelsea’s debacle in Lukaku’s pursuit at the hands of the Red Devils.
Meanwhile, Monaco are facing an uphill battle to hold on to their star players, as the likes of Thomas Lemar, Fabinho, Benjamin Mendy, and Kylian Mbappe continue to be linked with clubs across Europe.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.