Liverpool join the race for Tiemoué Bakayoko

One of the most consistently rumored targets for Chelsea has been Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, with several sources today claiming that the Blues will step up those efforts next week with a €45-50m opening bid.

Well, Conte appears desperate to sign Bakayoko this summer if rumours are to be believed and if they can steal a march on other interested teams by offering Batshuayi to Monaco as part of the deal, then that is what the Italian boss must do.

Bakayoko, 22, has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League with Manchester United and Chelsea apparently interested in the France worldwide.

According to the Telegraph's Matt Law, we also having passing interest in Thomas Lemar and Benjamin Mendy as well, but Bakayoko is the priority.

The Blues will be looking to defend their title next season and make an impact on their return to the Champions League, and France worldwide Bakayoko could add vital depth to a relatively thin squad.

RMC Sport report that the France worldwide has been made a priority target by Antonio Conte and the Premier League champions have held talks with the player's entourage over a summer deal.

Batshuayi was the unlikely hero this season, scoring the goal against West Brom that gave Chelsea the title.

Nwely-crowned Ligue 1 victor and Champions League semi-finalist Tiemoue Bakayoko could swap one title-winner for another this summer, with Chelsea making him their top target in a deal which could see Michy Batshuayi head in the other direction.

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