Chelsea signs Bakayoko from Monaco

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

The 30-year-old, who made his first global appearance for over a year when Brazil beat Australia 4-0 last month, conceded it was tough readjusting to the rigours of pre-season.

But the opportunity to work under Conte has now swung the balance of a transfer in Chelsea's favor at least a couple times and hopefully that will continue for a long time.

In a tight central midfield two at Monaco he starred as they unexpectedly beat Paris St-Germain to the title and also reached the last four of the Champions League, knocking out Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund en route.

The former Monaco player became the second-most expensive Blues player ever, quickly topping the fee Chelsea paid for Antonio Rudiger.

Bakayoko met manager Antonio Conte and some of his new team-mates on a trip to Cobham ahead of completing his move.

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I have grown up watching Chelsea.

Prior to Kante, the most expensive player ever signed by the Blues in the position was Cesc Fabregas, who joined for £30m from Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

The Chelsea boss was expected to sign a new contract after winning the Premier League, but is yet to put pen to paper.

'I want to progress as much as I can with a great coach like Antonio Conte, and then I have the objective of taking part in the World Cup at the end of the season'. He's good, very good.

Chelsea's Champions League triumph in 2012 helped them to win the race for one of the most sought-after talents in European football, with the Belgian playmaker arriving from Lille.

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