To the delight of Chelsea fans across the globe, Chelsea confirmed the signing of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, for a fee believed to be close to £40 million, on Saturday night. The 22-year-old told the club website of his excitement at joining the club as he said:
“I am very happy to be here and to join this great team. I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood. I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach and alongside so many great team-mates.”
Bakayoko will likely line-up alongside N’Golo Kante as the first choice pairing in the middle of the park. After his impressive performances in Ligue Un and the Champions League, there is plenty for fans to get excited about even if they may have to wait to see their new signing in action with a knee operation earlier this summer keeping him sidelined.
In more concerning news, The Sun say that, despite the signing of Bakayoko, Antonio Conte remains uncertain of his future and is hesitating over a new deal at Stamford Bridge. The Italian is reportedly unsure over whether to commit to four years in the new £185,000 per week deal.
Conte has grown frustrated over the club’s transfer activity this summer as they missed out on first choice striker Romelu Lukaku with Alex Sandro potentially the next player to miss out on. With Conte having hoped to have many of his additions in the squad before heading on their pre-season tour, he looks to have been disappointed.
Another player close to a move is defender Kurt Zouma. French newspaper L’Equipe say that the central defender will join Stoke City on a season-long loan on Monday after signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge as a sign of commitment. After a serious knee injury kept him sidelined for a year, Zouma will now get regular first team football.
Having made just two Premier League starts since his return to fitness, the Frechman will relish the opportunity to become a key player for Mark Hughes and establish himself in the top flight, making up for lost time.
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