Bakayoko deal looks close as player posts Chelsea training ground photo


Leading the race to sign the Serb thus far have been Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho keen on adding steel to his side with the addition of the player.

Both Costa and Matic have always been touted with a move this summer after being considered surplus to requirements by Conte, with Atletico Madrid and Juventus the front-runners for the duo respectively.

Three years later, the Serbia worldwide, at the request of Mourinho, who else, was back at the Bridge - but it cost Abramovich £21m to sign Matic as there was no cordial buy-back clause in his sale contract.

Nemanja Matic is holding talks with Chelsea as the midfielder looks to try and push through a move to Manchester United by the weekend, according to the Daily Mail.

It is understood that Conte is already anxious that Bakayoko may not be ready to start for Chelsea until September, meaning he would miss the first three Premier League games of the season against Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.

TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO appears to be hinting his Chelsea move is off in yet another cryptic social media post.

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Selling Matic to Juventus would likely be a more acceptable option for Chelsea than the midfielder joining Premier League rivals.

Tiemoue Bakayoko has trolled Chelsea fans ahead of his move.

The 18-year-old forward has been linked with Spanish and European champions Real Madrid, as well as Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona.

Italian publication Corriere dello Sport have reported that Inter Milan have emerged as suitors for Nemanja Matic.

The 22-year-old Bakayoko was pivotal in helping Monaco win the French league last season and Chelsea had been sounding out the playmaker about a move to west London.