Chelsea Agree Deal To Sign Monaco Midfielder Bakayoko

Tiemoue Bakayoko celebrates with teammate Almamy Toure after scoring

Tiemoue Bakayoko celebrates with teammate Almamy Toure after scoring

Morata would replace fellow Spanish global Diego Costa, whom Conte told at the end of last season that he no longer figured in the manager's plans despite his 20 Premier League goals spurring on Chelsea to the title.

The arrival of the second French midfielder in two years is likely to reduce Matic to a bit part role and thus, he is likely to leave Chelsea this summer.

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

Sky Sports announced on their Twitter account that the Premier League title winners will be omitted from Antonio Conte's travelling squad on Monday as their exit from the Blues nears.

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The towering midfielder joins Diego Costa in opting not to travel with speculation that the forward is in talks with Atletico Madrid.

United's interest is another unwelcome development for Chelsea, who may hope their rivals are simply trying to gain leverage in their stalled bid to lure Nemanja Matic from Stamford Bridge.

Atletico are now banned from signing players and that would prevent Costa playing for them until January.

A couple of weeks ago it seemed as if a Matic move was only a matter of formalities.

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During the intervening period, Monaco became frustrated by the payment structure proposed by Chelsea, who wanted to buy Bakayoko for a £35m flat fee.

The 22-year-old's switch to Chelsea has already been held up due to concerns of his fitness following recent surgery on a knee injury.

Late on Friday afternoon, after Tiémoué Bakayoko took pictures of Cobham for his Instagram, news broke from France that the player's move to Chelsea was being "blocked" for the time being.

Conte will be keen to conclude transfer business swiftly to prepare for the season opening in less than a month's time.

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After meeting Arsenal in the Bird's Nest Stadium, Chelsea head to Singapore for International Champions Cup games against Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, before facing the FA Cup winners again at Wembley in the Community Shield on August 6.

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