Premier League champions Chelsea have moved a massive step closer to signing Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko as the player himself has ruled out moving to Manchester United due to the fact he wants to work with Blues manager Antonio Conte.
The verbal snub to Jose Mourinho means that a move to Old Trafford will not be taking place this Summer as the 22 year old Bakayoko has opted for Stamford Bridge and the opportunity to link up with the former Italy and Juventus boss.
That will undoubtedly be music to Chelsea’s ears as they ready to prepare a £38m offer to bring Bakayoko to West London and add another French layer to an already robust centre midfield area. Should the move come to fruition then a midfield partnership of both he and compatriot N’Golo Kante will prove pretty ominous for Chelsea’s opponents.
It seems as if it is going to be a case of evolution rather than revolution for the league champions as Chelsea boss Conte has identified two areas in which his first eleven could still improved. The signature of Bakayoko will add the necessary enhancement to midfield that the Italian feels necessary.
While Left Back is the other area of the pitch in which Conte feels can be strengthened with Alex Sandro being heavily linked with a move to Chelsea. It should come as no coincidence that both Nemanja Matic and Marcos Alonso had poor showings in the F.A. Cup Final against Arsenal and it is there positions that are under threat.
So much so that Matic could now be well deemed surplus to requirements and it is here that the transfer merry go round could end up going full circle as although Bakayoko ended snubbing Manchester United it does not mean that Jose Mourinho will end up empty handed.
That is because he is set to give the soon to be disposed Serbian an escape route and with that regular first team football. In January 2014, Chelsea, under manager Jose Mourinho, signed him back for £21million, and he made his second Chelsea debut against Man Utd.
The Serbian international is viewed as the midfield destroyer that is required by Mourinho to get results next season and more importantly bridge the gap between Chelsea and Manchester United one that was far too vast with five league places between them.
So although Mourinho may well be upset at not being able to land one of Europe’s most promising talents he can at least take solace in the fact that he will be set to link up with a familiar face and one that knows how to win league titles.