AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has completed a medical with Chelsea ahead of his proposed £35m move to the English champions, according to The Sun.
Bakayoko is reported to have met up with the club’s medical staff to run through the routine checks this week, and the club are now putting the finishing touches on the transfer.
Chelsea hope to announce the transfer on Saturday July 1, when the transfer window officially re-opens and deals can be completed.
Also expected to sign on the day is former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, but Bakayoko’s arrival is set to trigger the departure of a potential rival for a midfield spot – in Manchester United transfer target Nemanja Matic.
Bakayoko is reported to have chosen to join Chelsea over United because of his preference to working with Antonio Conte – who led the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season in charge – and his arrival could also be soon followed by that of Alex Sandro, who Chelsea are keen on signing from Juventus.
Chelsea are also expected to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton this summer – though that could come much later in the window – while they’re also keen on signing Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci and another central midfielder. Conte is looking to bolster the club’s ranks to compete on both the Champions League and Premier League fronts next season.
The likes of Virgil van Dijk have also been linked, while questions remain over the future of striker Diego Costa – who is said to be keen on leaving the club.