What’s the story?Premier League champions Chelsea are the favourites to land Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, despite interest from Manchester United and Manchester City. Metro claims that the Blues launched a £27 million bid for the French international earlier which was rejected by Monaco as they value him at around £42 million.However, Chelsea will reportedly not back down and are set to come up with another offer for the player as Antonio Conte looks to revamp his squad ahead of the next season.
Bakayoko came through the youth ranks of Stade Rennes and made the B team in 2012 before being promoted to the senior team the next year. He attracted interest from Monaco who signed the player for around £7 million.The 22-year-old has thrived in his role as a defensive midfielder, making more interceptions per 90 minutes than fellow Frenchman and Chelsea’s, N’Golo Kante, and Manchester United’s Michael Carrick.