Bakayoko complete Chelsea deal

Bakayoko joined the Premier League champions from Monaco in a deal worth a reported £40 million and said that Makelele, who was technical director at the principality club during Bakayoko's formative years, became something of a mentor.

The 22-year-old France international's arrival will likely make way for the exit of Nemanja Matic who, along with Diego Costa, has been left out of the Blues' Far East preseason tour squad.

On the other side of the fence, competing outlet RMC Sport, via Mohamed Bouhafsi on Twitter, claimed the player will sign his Chelsea contract tonight, having passed his medical on Friday morning, with just the final details between Bakayoko and his new club being ironed out.

Bakayoko, a physical all-action player, will partner French compatriot N'Golo Kanté in a formidable Chelsea midfield, as the west Londoners look to retain their Premier League title and have a decent crack at the Champions League.

"For me this is the biggest English club, and I hope to achieve great things here".

According to a report in The Sun, Antonio Conte's position at Chelsea is under a cloud, with the Italian manager stalling over a signing a new contract. "To play alongside him would be something very good for me and it can help me progress", he added.

Yet history suggests that when Chelsea splash out on a central midfielder, they generally know what they are doing.

"I thought I would find a very good coach trying to push the players to the best level, and I found it". Everything is much bigger than I have known, and it seems like the flawless place to play football.

Costa was particularly important for Chelsea, with the Spanish global back to his best and the main man in attack at Stamford Bridge, giving defenders across the country nightmares. But the Blues are no closer to signing a top striker after missing out on Lukaku.

Vanessa Coleman