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Bakayoko arrives in United Kingdom and posts Cobham picture ahead of Chelsea transfer

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Howard Terry | 16 July, 2017, 00:37

The dynamic Ghana worldwide joined for just over £24m - making him, at the time, Chelsea's record signing - and was recognised as one of the finest all-around midfielders in the world in his first four years at Stamford Bridge, winning a Premier League title, two FA Cups and a League Cup before a succession of debilitating knee injuries took their toll, reducing him to a squad player.

The 22-year-old subsequently watched Chelsea run riot in an 8-2 friendly win over Fulham at their Cobham training ground and he thanked Batshuayi - who scored twice in the rout - for his impact on the transfer. "Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood", reads a statement attributed to Bakayoko on the Chelsea FC website.

He was also part of the Monaco squad that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, going out of the competition to Juventus.

Chelsea midfielder, Nemanja Matic is desperate to sign for Manchester United and has even told his teammates that a move to Old Trafford will interest him, according to Daily Express. Partly because Chelsea are willing to sell the Serb, once they get Tiemoue Bakayoko done.

Bakayoko, who joined Monaco from Rennes in 2014 and made his senior France debut in a friendly loss to Spain earlier this year, is Chelsea's third summer signing. The midfielder's solid build and strong playing style is likely to make for a formidable partnership with N'Golo Kante in the heart of Chelsea's XI, and Bakayoko is likely to only improve during his time in London given his age.

He has been carrying an injury that may have held up a move away, but Chelsea's players are convinced Matic is on the brink of leaving.

Costa has always been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, despite playing an integral role in the title triumph last term, and was granted permission to miss the start of pre-season training this week.

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