Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is due to hold personal talks with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte before committing his future to the Blues on a long-term deal.
The France international, who has previously attracted interest from Manchester United and Liverpool, is on the cusp of a west London move after the Blues placed a five-year contract on the table.
According to Foot Mercato, via Metro, the 22-year-old is expected to meet up with Conte in the coming days in order to receive assurances of regular first-team football next season.
Conte had opted to play Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante as his preferred combination in midfield, and there is a big possibility that the former will lose his place in order to accommodate the tireless Frenchman.
Bakayoko is currently valued at around £37m, but the Blues are planning to offer young graduate Charly Musonda as part of a deal which could cost just £17m.
The Principality outfit are not entirely convinced with the Blues’ valuation for the proposed transfer, and they are likely to demand more with the promise of a first refusal clause on Musonda’s contract.
Musonda suffered a knee injury during his loan stint with Real Betis last season, and this forced him to return to Stamford Bridge where he had later trained with the first-team.
Bakayoko showed an excellent work rate last term despite playing through injury midway through the campaign, and Conte is said to favour a player of his calibre ahead of a testing European season.