CHELSEA have reportedly agreed a £39.9million move for Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The Monaco midfielder is one of Antonio Conte’s top transfer targets as he looks to bolster his ranks ahead of next season.
Conte has been left frustrated at the club’s lack of activity in the summer window after missing out on Romelu Lukaku, who signed for Manchester United in a deal that could rise to £90m.
Express Sport understands there were fears Bakayoko could also sign for their Premier League rivals.
But French outlet RMC Sport claim Chelsea have won the race to sign the France international.
France international’s older brother Abdou has confirmed on Snapchat with a post referencing the Premier League champions.
It is said Chelsea and Monaco came to agreement over a £39.9m fee last night and the transfer is ‘done’.
He will apparently travel to London in the coming hours before undergoing a medical at the club on Friday.
RMC Sport say once he completes the necessary checks he will sign a five-year contract.
The 22-year-old’s arrival is set to trigger the exit of Nemanja Matic, who has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Bakayoko played a huge part in helping Monaco win the Ligue 1 title for the first time since 2000 last season.
And he looks set to be rewarded for his exploits by signing a lucrative deal with the west London club.
The defensive midfielder will be Conte’s third signing of the summer after already bringing in Willy Caballero on a free transfer following his exit from Manchester City.
He has also captured Antonio Rudiger in a £34million deal from Roma.