Chelsea to announce first summer signing in 48 hours as £36.7m star signs on

Chelsea are reportedly ready to announce the signing of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in the next 48 hours.

Bakayoko has been strongly linked with a summer switch to the Premier League with Manchester United also rumoured to be serious suitors.

But, the Daily Express claim Chelsea have won the race to sign the midfield powerhouse in a £36.7million deal.

Bakayoko shot to prominence this season as he helped fire Monaco to a Ligue 1 title and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Antonio Conte has made securing more midfield options a priority this summer as the Blues prepare for a return to Europe and for a title defence.

Bakayoko would represent a massive addition for Chelsea and the 22-year-old is set to touch down in London this week and undergo a medical.

The Frenchman has agreed a five-year deal and will become one of the signings of the summer when the announcement is made.

However, reports in France claim Bakayoko has not even agreed personal terms with Chelsea.

France Football insist Bakayoko is stalling on agreeing terms after Monaco accepted a bid from the champions of England.

Conte believes Bakayoko is the perfect man to compliment N’Golo Kante and the Italian sees the France international as the missing piece to his Chelsea midfield.

Bakayoko has the option to stay at Monaco for another year with the French side ready to offer him a new deal, but equally willing to cash in.

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