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Tiemoue Bakayoko is a Chelsea player having today completed a transfer from Monaco.

Bakayoko, 22, is a tall, strong and quick central midfielder who was instrumental in Monaco’s Ligue 1 triumph last season, as well as their impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals.

He recently made his debut for France in the same line-up as new team-mate N’Golo Kante, and is widely recognised as one of the best young central midfielders in European football. 

Bakayoko, who has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No.14 shirt, said: ‘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.’

Technical director Michael Emenalo added: ‘Tiemoue was outstanding as Monaco emerged as one of Europe’s best sides last season and we are delighted to welcome him to Chelsea.

‘Despite his young age he already has plenty of experience as a French title winner and having competed in the latter stages of the Champions League, we believe he will add considerable quality to our squad.’

In possession, Bakayoko typically plays quickly and simply but has the ability to be more expansive if required, and is strong in a one-on-one situation. 

His physicality, awareness and timing in the tackle means he is superb at winning the ball back and harassing opponents into mistakes. 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. Bakayoko scored the decisive goal in a thrilling two-legged tie against the Premier League side.

Born in Paris, Bakayoko came through the Rennes academy in the north-west of France and made his senior debut in August 2013, a week after his 19th birthday.

He signed for Monaco the following summer and made almost 100 appearances for the principality side during his three seasons there, scoring five goals.

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Ecstatic. Time for a proper midfield general a CFC yet again. Here's our Claude Makelele on Bakayoko:

Guy was exclusively mentored by the Mak for a month, and he seems like he's going to be a character on and off the pitch which we sort of lack at CFC. He improves the 11 quite a bit, and still has lots of room to develop. I think Conte is the best manager for him - Conte was quite similar as a player for Juve as well, so he's in good hands. Well done CFC for getting a top player in the making.

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3 minutes ago, volfan89 said:

ESPN reporting the fee was 40m pounds. 5m more than I heard quoted for weeks. Maybe the reason for the delay?

Yup. I think so. A recurring theme this summer (and last, and the season before) seems to be us being quite the penny pinchers when it comes to closing deals. Feels like we've lost out on someone like Sandro because of it.

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20 minutes ago, Special Juan said:

Our Insta story shows him meeting Conte on the training field.

Got a link mate? 

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