Chelsea completed another bit of their transfer business as they secured the signing of French defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco in a whooping £40 million deal.
22 year old is the third player to join the English Champions this summer transfer window, following Willy Caballero and the German Confederations Cup winner Antonio Rudiger. The midfield superstar was phenomenal in Monaco’s Ligue 1 title win in the 2016-17 season. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had identified him as a perfect partner for Ngolo Kante in the midfield role at Stamford Bridge.
The £40 million fee for Bakayoko is the highest Chelsea has paid for a midfielder. With Nemanja Matic reportedly on the verge of moving away from London, Conte would now be relieved to have reinforcements in for the void.
“Tiemoue was outstanding as Monaco emerged as one of Europe’s best sides last season and we are delighted to welcome him to Chelsea,” technical director Michael Emenalo said.
“Despite his young age he already has plenty of experience as a French title winner and having competed in the latter stages of the Champions League, we believe he will add considerable quality to our squad.”
Chelsea is set for more signings this summer as the club looks to bolster their attack going into the Champions League. Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti are the central targets for Antonio Conte, who wants to replace Diego Costa as the club’s main attacker.