The Chelsea fans here at the Football Transfer Tavern are desperate to see some signings announced at Stamford Bridge as manager Antonio Conte looks to build a side capable of taking on the Champions League in the new season.
The former Juventus manager, having claimed the Premier League title in his first season at the helm in west London, has emphasised his desire to succeed with this Chelsea team on the continent, but in order to do that there needs to be a few canny additions.
With that in mind, according to reports from RTL (via Metro), Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is in London to finalise his move to join Conte’s side.
The Frenchman played a key role in helping the Ligue 1 side to their first league title in 17 years last season, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, experience which could be vital to the Blues next season.
However, Bakayoko’s arrival is likely to see Serbian international Nemanja Matic depart to rejoin Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
While Matic has been outstanding for Chelsea since being brought back to the club by the now Red Devils boss, it seems to be a transition which is going down well with Blues fans…
— Scott Carey (@scarey102) June 27, 2017
If Bakayoko does not sign for Chelsea Football Club – I will deactivate. I am so certain with his current IG story and liking Michy pics.
— ConteTweets (@ConteTweets) June 27, 2017
Can’t wait to get Bakayoko on my Chelsea shirt
— Jake (@JakeDaviessss) June 27, 2017
— CHAMPIONS (@edecfc) June 26, 2017
The fact that we are getting Bakayoko for £35m & selling Matic to ManU for £40m is hilarious. Mourinho actually does care about us #CFC
— Emilee (@e_shaffer14) June 27, 2017
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one of the best news as a @ChelseaFC fan. Bye bye matic; and thanks for the £40m Chelsea sure know how to sell players
— Toriola Temidayo (@dayo_black) June 26, 2017