Chelsea agree fee with AS Monaco for Tiemoué Bakayoko

Chelsea have agreed a £39.8m fee with AS Monaco for midfielder  Tiemoué Bakayoko, report the Times.

The 22-year-old midfielder impressed for Monaco last year as the team won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals and Chelsea have been hoping to strike a deal for weeks.

Now the Blues are happy to push ahead with a move despite Bakayoko carrying a niggling knee injury that is likely to rule him out for two months. Chelsea have been assured there should be no long-term issues.

Antonio Conte was frustrated to see Romelu Lukaku move to Manchester United at the beginning of this week but having already signed German defender Antonio Rüdiger from AS Roma, Chelsea are finally making some progress towards building the squad Conte wants for the new season.

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