13 July 2017
Reports in French media are that Chelsea have agreed a €45m (£40m) deal with Monaco for midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The Blues, who have long been linked with the France international, are now on the verge of finalising the transfer and beat Manchester United to 22-year-old after they pulled out of the race a few days ago.
Bakayoko is said to be due in London today to take a medical.
As we reported earlier this week, the deal had reportedly been held up because Bakayoko had undergone minor knee surgery at the end of last season and had not been fit to undergo a medical.
The other stumbling block was that the two clubs had not formally agreed on a fee, though they were never too far about in their valuations of the player.
It appears they have now finalised the figure, which paves the way for the midfielder to complete the formalities needed to become Chelsea player.
If the deal goes ahead, Bakayoko will become Antonio Conte’s third signing of the summer after the arrival of Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero on a free transfer and the £30m capture of Roma defender Antonio Rudiger.