Chelsea round-up: Midfielder agrees terms; £61m for Juve star; deal close for defender

A potential deal for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko appeared to take another step forward, as French outlet Telefoot say that Chelsea personal terms have been agreed with the French international.

The 22-year-old is likely to become the club’s first summer signing in the coming weeks after an incredible breakthrough season in Ligue Un.

The likes of Manchester United were also thought to be interested but the Blues seem to have won the race for the dynamic midfielder who was crucial to his team’s league victory and Champions League run.

Another player may follow not far behind in the form of Juventus left-back Alex Sandro. Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera report that the Blues are preparing to launch a €70 million (£61 million) bid for the Brazilian in an attempt to bring him to Stamford Bridge; a fee which could be enough to tempt the Turin club in to selling.

Sandro has been in spectacular form himself this season, reaching the Champions League final, and could now look to displace Marcos Alonso as a left wing-back under Antonio Conte. Whilst Alonso surprised many with his form this season, Sandro would undoubtedly be a step up in quality.

However, one player does look set for a move elsewhere as The Sun claim that Nathan Ake could soon complete a £20 million move to Bournemouth. Ake spent the first half of the season on loan at the south coast club but was recalled in January.

The youngster’s lack of appearances after that return may have led to frustration for the Dutch international, and he may be tempted into a return if Chelsea do accept Eddie Howe’s offer.

Whilst it may seem foolish to allow a player with such potential to leave, he was clearly not judged to be good enough for the first team and Antonio Conte is likely to add more quality at the back this summer and only push him further down the pecking order.

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