Premier League holders Chelsea have officially announced the signing of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco for a reported fee of £40m.
The France international was deemed to be on the cusp of joining the Blues over the past few days, and he has now inked a five-year deal with the English champions.
Bakayoko becomes the second-most expensive player in the club’s history following Fernando Torres’ £50m signing from Liverpool back in the winter of 2011.
“I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood,” he told the club’s official website.
The former Rennes man becomes the Blues’ first significant signing other than the arrival of goalkeeper Willy Caballero, and Conte would hope to add to his squad with both Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa heading through the exit door.
Bakayoko had undergone a minor knee surgery following a triumphant season with Monaco last term, and this had delayed his Blues medical, although the deal was agreed upon a couple of weeks ago.
He will integrate into the Blues midfield alongside France compatriot N’Golo Kante, and the pair could potentially form a solid bond capable of propelling the club to further success in Europe next term.