AS Monaco have accepted a bid from Manchester United for Chelsea target Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The Daily Star says Bakayoko appeared all set to join Chelsea – with Nemanja Matic going to Old Trafford – but the move was suspiciously slow in finalising.
Jose Mourinho has now swooped to beat Chelsea rival Antonio Conte to another signing after landing Romelu Lukaku.
It would be a double blow for Conte should Mourinho land the 22-year-old, as his arrival would scupper any deal for Matic, who the Blues boss is ready to ditch.
Bakayoko and Chelsea never agreed on personal terms but United have showed they won’t make money an issue after landing Lukaku by paying big bucks to his agent Mino Raiola.
And the 24-year-old Belgium striker rubbed salt in Chelsea’s wounds by claiming he had joined the “biggest team in the world” in Manchester United.