According to the L’Equipe, Chelsea are closing in on the signing of AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko after agreeing a €40m (£35m) deal with League 1 giants.
The same sources claim that Chelsea’s board have convinced the Monaco with their offer and are hopeful that their first summer transfer can be officially announced next week.
It is believed that Bakayoko is enthusiastic about the prospect of working under the Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and the France international is determined on joining the Premier League champions.
Monaco, meanwhile, have already found a replacement for Bakayoko in 23-year-old Soualiho Meite. The talented midfielder will be arriving from Belgian club Zulte Waregem for a fee in the region of €8m (£7m).
The Blues have been in negotiations with Monaco over the last month but they have beaten the competition from Manchester United as Jose Mourinho is also keen to reinforce his squad in central midfield.
But with the 22-year-oldBakayoko now set to join Chelsea, the Red Devils will be expected to push on in their move for his Monaco team-mate Fabinho.
Bakayoko has been one of Monaco’s key players this season as Leonardo Jardim’s side beat Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.