Chelsea are moving in on the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko from French champions Monaco.
Boss Antonio Conte has identified the France international as a key signing ahead of his side’s title defence and Champions League return.
Talks are reported to have progressed well and the deal looks likely to be completed at some point this week.
The twenty-two year old was a key ingredient in Monaco’s Ligue 1 title success and run to the Champions League semi-final stage last season.
It looks like several of the French club’s stars will be on their way out of the Stade Louis II this Summer.