Chelsea set to make first signing of the summer


Chelsea are set to agree a £35million deal that will make Tiemoue Bakayoko their first signing of the summer, according to the Telegraph.

The Monaco midfielder has had an impressive season in Ligue 1, helping the principality club to the title.

The 22-year-old initially looked to have scuppered a move due to his wage demands, though the two clubs now look closer to getting the transfer over the line.

Monaco were reluctant to let him go for less than £43million, but it appears they have now budged on that valuation.


Michy Batshuayi may now go the other way, whether that is on loan or on a permanent basis.

The Belgian was a hit in French football, helping Marseille to survival before moving to Stamford Bridge. Things have been much more difficult for him under Antonio Conte, but he remains highly-rated on the continent.

The signing of Bakayoko, who is expected to travel to England this week, will also cast doubt on the future of Nemanja Matic, who has been playing alongside N’Golo Kante in central midfield.

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