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Conte dealt frustrating blow over marquee summer signing

The Chelsea fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern are all waiting desperately to see the announcement of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and couldn’t be refreshing their news feeds quicker. 

The Monaco star is all but a Chelsea player after he posted a picture from their Cobham training ground ahead of his move to west London from the French champions.

The Express claim the deal will be done within hours, which will delight the resident Blues fans at the Tavern, however, there is some frustrating news for manager Antonio Conte.

The 22-year-old’s move to the Premier League was held up due to him having to undergo keyhole surgery on a knee problem, which will also mean that he misses the start of the new season.

The industrious midfielder is not expected to be fit to turn out for Conte’s side until at least September, which could slow the Blues’ start to their title defence.

While it should not put too much of a dent in their season – it could have an adverse impact on the sale of Nemanja Matic, who is being linked with both Arsenal and Manchester United after Bakayoko’s arrival.

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