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Announcement imminent: Chelsea closing in on first summer deal worth more than £30million


Chelsea are closing in on capturing Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for £35million according to Mirror.

The Frenchman made 46 appearances for Monaco last season, helping them to win the Ligue 1 and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

He is expected to replace Nemanja Matic in Antonio Conte's squad.

Meanwhile, former midfielder Ray Wilkins believes the club should have opted for a different type of player for that price or at least give an opportunity to Nathaniel Chalobah.

"I was really disappointed to read they are looking at Bakayoko from Monaco," Wilkins said on talkSPORT.

"He is 22 years of age, French and doesn't get near the national side, but it was quoted Chelsea might be paying £32million.

"Well, in Nathaniel [Chalobah] they have got a footballer that can play exactly the same but just needs an opportunity to get in there and play.

"You have seen already in the two games he has played up to now [at the European Championship] he looks a class act in and amongst people of his own age.

"Playing with the top quality players that they have at Chelsea, he can only improve week to week."

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