Man United lose ground in race for £40m rated top-class midfielder

May 23, 2017

Chelsea marked their second Premier League title in three seasons over the weekend and are now planning to win the double as they take on Arsenal in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

But, their parties and preparations this week have not got in the way of plans for next term, as stories from Mail Online suggest that the West Londoners will open discussions with Ligue 1 champions Monaco over a transfer for defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko this week.

The midfielder, who has also been linked with both Manchester United and Liverpool, performed a major role as the club lifted their first league crown in 17 seasons as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Leonardo Jardim’s team have been arguably the most impressive in Europe over the past nine months, however, look as if they could be picked apart this summer as the top clubs look to reinforce ahead of next season.

The Blues are expected to open the proceedings with an offer of around £40m as Antonio Conte wants to get in ahead of rivals Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho.