Chelsea have finally been goven the green light to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko after the Blues agreed a deal with AS Monaco for the services.
The Blues have been slow this transfer window having been linked with several top players across Europe. However, Antonio Conte’s side have largely failed to secure their targets with only Willy Caballero, a free agent from Manchester City, and Antonio Rudiger coming in.
The Daily Mail reports Chelsea will pay Monaco a fee of £40m plus add ons for the midfielder.
According to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, Chelsea will finally have their man as a medical is in place to be completed on Friday.
Bakayoko will complete his Chelsea medical tomorrow and, all being well, sign his contract. Finally!! #cfc
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 13, 2017
Bakayoko will become Chelsea’s second most expensive signing after he puts pen to paper, behind Fernando Torres who arrived for £50m in January 2011.
Chelsea are scheduled to depart to China and Singapore on Monday and are confident they will secure Bakayoko’s services before the tour in Asia although there is a major concern the box to box midfielder may not feature in the Blues pre-season games due to injuries.
The telegraph reports that Bakayoko could be out for the entire pre-season and as well miss the first three games of the Premier League season.
His arrival will mean one of Chelsea’s midfielders will have to leave to create space. Nemanja Matic looks most likely to leave with the Telegraph reporting he has trained alone at Chelsea Cobham training grounds while Conte trains with the remainder of the squad.
Matic has been heavily linked to Manchester United with a reunion with Jose Mourinho on the cards.