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Chelsea close in on third summer signing after agreeing £40m fee

15 July 2017

"Tiemoue was outstanding as Monaco emerged as one of Europe's best sides last season and we are delighted to welcome him to Chelsea", said technical director Michael Emenalo.

Premier League holders Chelsea are on the cusp of signing midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko after having finalised a £40m sum with French champions AS Monaco. Medical in next few days. This 22-year-old capped 63 appearances for Monaco and scored three goals, while he also debuted for the French global team in the friendly game against Spain.

Liverpool are lining up a second big-money bid to sign midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, but the German club are reluctant to sell him.

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At Chelsea, Antonio Conte is eager to continue building his squad into a formidable unit and has, thus, identified several targets for different positions.

Matic, a key performer in Chelsea's 2016-17 title winning team, reckons his game time will be limited and has told Chelsea chiefs he wants to leave, says the Mail.

Bakayoko, who plays in the defensive midfield role, will likely be paired up with N'Golo Kante at the heart of Conte's team next season.

It has also been reported that defender Kurt Zouma could miss the tour, with a season-long loan move to Stoke City possible.

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Inter are now expected to spend around 35 million pounds on the Serbian midfielder.

Bakayoko has this week let everyone know he's England bound, but kept the possibly open that Manchester United could swoop in and steal the deal, playing on the Romelu Lukaku situation.

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