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    Chelsea seal £40m Tiemoue Bakayoko deal from Monaco

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    Bola Macaulay
    Bola Macaulay is a freelance journalist based in Ibadan Oyo State. She is a graduate of Univesity of Ibadan and she's married with kids

    Chelsea have confirmed the signing of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco on a five-year deal.

    The 22-year-old starred in Monaco’s run to the Champions League semifinals and Ligue 1 title win last season.

    Chelsea confirmed the France international will wear the No 14 shirt this season at Stamford Bridge.

    Bakayoko told the club website: ‘I am very happy to be here and to join this great team. 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.

    ‘I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach and alongside so many great team-mates.’

    Bakayoko rose to prominence last season as Monaco pipped PSG to the French league title, and reached the last four of the Champions League, beating Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund en route.

    The fee is believed to be £40million for a player who will partner international team mate N’Golo Kante in the engine room of the Premier League champions.

    He will wear the No 14 shirt and has signed a five-year contract after the £40m transfer

    While Kante will provide the destructive and energetic side to midfield play, Chelsea will look to Bakayoko for more expansive passing, as well being a physical presence.

    Bakayoko had his Blues medical on Friday after the fee was finally agreed between Chelsea and Monaco, with Antonio Conte delighted to have secured a major signing before their pre-season tour of China and Singapore.

    The midfielder had been linked with Manchester United – who successfully hijacked Chelsea’s attempts to sign Romelu Lukaku – so the confirmation of Bakayoko will be a source of relief to the club as well as happiness.

    He had been a long term target for Chelsea, but knee surgery at the end of last campaign meant the deal took longer to complete than desired.

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