£37m midfielder ready to sign for Chelsea on one condition

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.

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