Tiemoue Bakayoko has finally secured his transfer from Ligue 1 champions Monaco to Chelsea after signing a deal worth £39.7 million.
The transfer has been confirmed on Chelsea’s official website who have now secured their third signing of the summer, following the signings of Willy Caballero from Manchester City and Antonio Riduger from AS Monaco.
Bakayoko’s move to Chelsea had earlier suffered a hitch after negotiations stalled and medicals were put on hold due to the keyhole surgery he underwent on his knee at the end of last season.
Sky Sports News HQ reporter Kaveh Solhekol revealed that Bakayoko will miss the start of the season for Chelsea.
“There are also questions marks over whether he will be fit for the start of the season. My understanding is he may well miss the first three games of the season which are against Burnley, Spurs and Everton.
“He will be behind the rest of the Chelsea squad as far as fitness is concerned although many think he is one of the best young midfielders in Europe and it is a coup that Chelsea have been able to get him.” He said
Manchester United had wanted to take advantage of the delay but the 22-year-old was already clear about where his next destination is, allowing the deal to push through, though Bakayoko may have to wait until September before he can play for the Premier League champions due to the surgery. He will miss the Community Shield match against Arsenal as well as Premier League matches against Burnley, Tottenham and Everton.
The arrival of Bakayoko has inadvertently signaled the end of Nemanja Matic at Stamford Bridge. The Serbian midfielder has been linked with a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Man United but Chelsea may not be willing to sanction his transfer to Old Trafford, after the Europa League winners hijacked Romelu Lukaku’s move to Chelsea.
Despite the signings so far, Chelsea are still making contacts with Real Madrid concerning the signing of Brazilian right-back Danilo while a striker is also expected to increase the number of new legs at the club.