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Bakayoko completes Chelsea switch

London, Jul 16 (Agencies)
Published on 16 Jul. 2017 11:59 PM IST
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Chelsea have signed Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco for a reported fee of £40million.
The 22-year-old becomes the Blues’ second most expensive signing of all time, £10million less than Fernando Torres in 2011.
Bakayoko, who was crucial in Monaco’s run to Champions League semi-final last season, pens a five-year deal with Antonio Conte’s side, keeping him at Stamford Bridge until 2023.
“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,” the Frenchman told the club website.
“I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach and alongside so many great team-mates.”
Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo said: “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.”
As a like-for-like player, the signing casts further doubt over the future of Nemanja Matic, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United.

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