Chelsea are close to securing the signing of long-term target Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco, with his long-anticipated medical examination set to go ahead this week.
The player was initially expected to be presented as a Chelsea player on July 1, though the deal was pushed back because Bakayoko underwent surgery on his knee at the back end of last season.
While the club had concerns on the issue, those are reported to have dissipated and his medical could now take place this week.
Monaco certainly growing increasingly impatient that Chelsea have not closed the deal to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko.
— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) July 10, 2017
Chelsea are hopeful, according to Sky Sports, that the deal will be completed in time for the Frenchman to travel with the rest of Chelsea squad to China and Singapore next Monday.
The transfer is likely to cost Chelsea between £35m and £40m, but a separate report from Mail Online claims that the Premier League champions’ deal is not quite as sewn up as they might think.
Manchester United have got one over on the Blues already in the last week by signing Romelu Lukaku from under Chelsea’s noses, and they may be set to do it again.
United have told Monaco they are prepared to pay more than £40m to snap up the 22-year-old as Chelsea continue to haggle on a fee – they’re currently sitting at £37m, which hasn’t been accepted – and they may have turned their attention to Bakayoko following reports that Chelsea are not willing to sell Nemanja Matic to their rivals.
Bakayoko, whoever he joins, is likely to miss the start of the new season because of his knee issues. But while they have held up his move to England, the problems are not likely to be a long-standing concern over the transfer.