MONACO sensation Tiemoue Bakayoko looks set to snub Manchester United in favour of Chelsea, according to French football expert Julien Laurens.
The midfield enforcer has been heavily linked with an exit from Monaco.
He dazzled for the French outfit last season as they secured Ligue 1 glory.
United had been keen to secure his signature.
But reports yesterday suggested Chelsea are closing in on a £35.2m deal of the 22-year-old.
Laurens reckons a Blues deal is edging forward – and Antonio Conte has played a massive role in securing his signature.
“I think the two clubs have agreed or are very close to agreeing,” he said on ESPN FC.
“There’s only a few details left between Monaco and Chelsea for the transfer of Bakayoko.
“It was always on the cards really from very early on, he was their priority in midfield.
“Conte was always wanting to put Kante and Bakayoko together and I think for him, he had other clubs interested like Manchester United for example, but Chelsea was always the project that he was really keen on.
“Working with Conte, who obviously used to be a defensive midfielder, was very appealing for Bakayoko and he sees in Chelsea the great step higher for his future for his career.
“I think it can work out very well for both parties.”