Chelsea have agreed to a £35.2 million fee with Monaco over the transfer of French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The Paris-born Monaco man is one of Antonio Conte’s priority targets for the summer, and could be a replacement for the potentially outgoing Nemanja Matic.
Tiemoue Bakayoko spent the last three seasons at Monaco since signing from Stade Rennes in 2014, the club where he rose through the ranks from youth player to professional.
He made 51 appearances in all competitions in Monaco’s league title-winning season, proving to be a vital cog in Leonardo Jardim’s free-scoring and coveted side.
While Chelsea look to build in depth and quality ahead of added Champions League fixtures next season, Monaco will need to sort out replacements for the likely mass exodus they will be dealing with at the club.
The 22-year-old looks set to join Bernardo Silva, who joined Chelsea’s domestic rivals Manchester City for £43.6 million, on the Monaco exit list.
Several other key players continue to hold the attention of some of the world’s biggest clubs, such as Fabinho and Benjamin Mendy, who are being tracked by Manchester United and Manchester City, respectively.
Then there’s the case of teenage prospect Kylian Mbappe, who is apparently attracting interest that could make him the most expensive signing in football history.
Monaco certainly won’t be lacking the financial power to identify adequate replacements, though, as they could easily raise over £200 million in transfer revenue should they decide to let their key players depart over the coming weeks.