Chelsea look to be on the brink of signing Monaco enforcer Tiemoué Bakayoko this summer, after agreeing a £35m deal to snatch the midfielder from the Champions League semi-finalists.
According to the Daily Mail and L’Equipe, Antonio Conte’s Blues have reached an agreement to bring the highly rated deep-lying midfielder to Stamford Bridge to strengthen their Premier League title defence.
Despite the lights shining on fellow youngster Kylian Mbappé, the 22-year-old Frenchman has played a pivotal part in the middle for the Ligue 1 champions, finishing above dominant force Paris Saint-Germain by eight points.
Conte has been looking to strengthen the Chelsea midfield around N’Golo Kante and believes Bakayoko is the man to complement Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matić if the Blues want to progress in next season’s Champions League.
Bakayoko showed an outstanding performance in the European competition with 30 interceptions and an 87% passing accuracy average contributing to Monaco’s run to the semi-finals in last season’s Champions League.
Despite interest from Manchester United, PSG and Bayern Munich, Bakayoko’s representative have been in talks with Chelsea for the past few weeks to solidify the deal.
L’Equipe believe that Bakayoko is packing his bags and on his way to London to undergo a medical before confirming his move to Stamford Bridge.