Defending Premier League champions, Chelsea, are kick-starting their summer transfer business with AS Monaco midfielder, Tiemoue Bakayoko, completing his move to Stamford Bridge this weekend, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The protracted deal was first mooted earlier in the summer but the 22-year-old is now ready to undergo his medical on Friday with a view to signing for Chelsea over the weekend.
Adding to his squad will come as a blessed relief to head coach, Antonio Conte. The Italian cut a disconsolate figure at pre-season training this week with his squad not augmented by the new signings he demanded of the board.
That’s changed in the past few days with Antonio Rudiger, 24, arriving from Roma in a £29m deal. Now, Bakayoko is over the line and if they can land a striker, Chelsea’s summer will be set with only replacements needed for departures.
The Monaco midfielder may yet facilitate that; Nemanja Matic, 28, is heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford and being reunited with former boss, Jose Mourinho. What Chelsea lose with Matic’s experience, they more than gain with Bakayoko’s energy.
Not that the French international is a callow youth. Since turning professional and making his debut in 2014, he’s racked up 120 appearances with Rennes and Monaco. Capped at every level from schoolboys to full senior squad, a bright future as one of the world’s best midfielders is predicted. Landing him for £40m may yet prove a bargain.