Chelsea leading the race to sign powerful 22-year-old defensive midfielder – report

Chelsea are ahead of Manchester City and Manchester United in the race to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer, according to reports

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Chelsea are leading the race to complete a deal to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco this summer, according to reports in the French media.

L’Equipe, as quoted by the Daily Star, is reporting that Chelsea are poised to sign the France international ahead of bitter rivals Manchester United this summer.

The same article states that Bakayoko will be the next big-name player to leave Monaco this summer after playmaker Bernardo Silva completed a switch to Manchester City earlier this month.

According to the story in the French newspaper, the 22-year-old is prepared to reject the chance to move to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United and cash-rich Manchester City in favour of a switch to the Premier League champions.

Chelsea are still waiting to complete their first signing of the summer despite winning the top-flight crown with seven points to spare last season.

Manchester United completed a £30.7m deal to sign Sweden international Victor Lindelof from Portuguese giants Benfica on Wednesday.

Manchester City have added Monaco midfielder Silva and Benfica goalkeeper Ederson to their squad.

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