Man United and Chelsea battle it out for signature of French star

As reported by The Sun, Manchester United and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head for the signature of Monaco’s promising midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

What’s the story?

Chelsea may be blowing Manchester United out of the water on the pitch this season but the Old Trafford club are determined to beat them in a contest off it to secure the signature of a Champions League calibre midfielder.

The Sun reckon both clubs are big admirers of Monaco’s star midfielder Bakayoko, who has been in exceptional form for the Ligue 1 side this season.

The paper reports that Chelsea have already sounded out a move for the 22 year old while Manchester United see the midfielder as a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick.

This could be a transfer tussle to watch over the coming windows with Monaco determined to hold on to their star players for a Champions League run.

Man United or Chelsea?

It’s taken time for Bakayoko time to establish himself fully into the Monaco first team since moving from Rennes in 2014. It’s safe to say though that with 22 appearances so far this season, he’s locked down a position in their midfield.

He’s been in exceptional form this season, helping his side to second position in Ligue 1 and top of their Champions League group ahead of Spurs and Bayer Leverkusen.

Representing his country in five different age groups, he’s tipped as a future French international and it won’t be long before he’s playing alongside the likes of Paul Pogba for France.

Building a partnership at Manchester United with Pogba could pay dividends for both his international chances and United themselves. Is he the missing piece in United’s midfield?

Bakayoko would have a French connection at Chelsea too of course with N’Golo Kante living up to his billing as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.

Which destination will the young defensive midfielder choose?