Rumours: United set to compete with Chelsea for Bakayoko

Olivier Giroud is another player Everton are interested in signing

Olivier Giroud is another player Everton are interested in signing

Bakayoko was a pivotal member of Monaco's successful campaign last season, acting as a defensive-midfielder.

He was also influential in the Champions League and helped the team reach the last four of the competition.

The Blues have already been dealt a massive transfer blow by United after Everton striker Romelu Lukaku chose to join the Manchester club over his ex-employers.

However, the report from Sky Sports is in contrast to the aforementioned suggestion that Manchester United had won the race for Bakayoko. Both Chelsea and United were said to be chasing the player, but it now seems he has set his heart on a move to Stamford Bridge.

The Monaco man gas been linked to Chelsea all summer, but it is believed that the deal is stalling, which has now allowed the Manchester giants to make a move for the player. Manchester City released Willy Caballero after his contract expired and the goalkeeper became Antonio Conte's first signing.

Bakayoko will have a medical this week and if all goes well, he may travel with the rest of Chelsea squad to China and Singapore next Monday.

Apparently Jose Mourinho has told Monaco he is "prepared to pay more than £40m" for the youngster much to the fury of the Premier League champs who had their heart set on bringing his rugged skills to their midfield.

That would obviously lessen the likelihood of Chelsea's Nemanja Matic also going to United, with whom he has been linked heavily in recent weeks. The Portuguese tactician is planning to reunite with the Serbian worldwide at Old Trafford.

The Spaniard came close to playing for Conte at Juventus in 2014 when the Italian played a pivotal role in persuading him to join the club - only for the coach to jump ship and take over the national side.

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