According to reports, Chelsea have stolen a march on the signing of Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The 22-year old’s defensive attributes have grabbed the attention of the Premier League’s elite, indeed the French international has widely been considered the beating heart of the French Principalities storming season.
With Jose Mourinho’s United hovering, tuttomercatoweb believe the Blue’s have already swooped and confirmed a £35million deal, with the midfield general signing a five-year deal.
A physically strong ball winner with a love of the dribble, the former French prodigy had a slow start to his Monaco career.
With the inclusion of midfield royalty Claude Makelele into the coaching staff this season, not to mention a new lifestyle curbing his rebellious ways, Bakayoko’s stature (physical and reputation) has soared – indeed comparisons to Monaco alumni Yaya Toure have been uttered more than once.
Currently Monaco sit 3 points clear at the summit of Ligue 1 with a Champions League quarter final still to play.
Needles to say say, Chelsea fans will champing at the bit to see this guy partnered with Kante in the middle of the park.