Chelsea failed to secure the double after a dismal FA Cup final show-off against their arch rivals Arsenal and the need to reinforce the Blues’ squad became more apparent. Antonio Conte inherited a very thing squad and played with 16-squad members for the whole of last season.
According a report on the Express, Chelsea have stepped up their interest for France and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko as they look to secure a five-year deal for the star. The report claims that £37m has been mooted by the Blues for the move.
The midfielder was key to the success of the The Monégasques last term and has been attracting interest from several top clubs including Man United and Chelsea. He has been scheduled to hold personal talks with Conte ahead of a move.
As compromise and to show real intent, Chelsea are willing to offer their midfield prospect Charly Musonda as part of the deal for Bakayoko. Musonda is valued at £17m but Monaco are wary of the youngster’s valuation.
Nemanja Matic has been doing well along Kante in midfield but there seem to be a derth of creativity in the midfield of Chelsea when ever the aforementioned players are paired. And so, Bakayoko will present a more creative option in midfield for the Blues.
If Chelsea must remain competitive in the League and in Europe, Conte must bolster all areas of his squad.