As reported by The Daily Mirror, a trio of Premier League clubs are interested in bringing Monaco’s star midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to England this January.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are all locked in a tussle at the top of the Premier League and are now set to do battle in the transfer market too, all hoping to sign one of the best young holding midfielders in Europe.
The Mirror report that such is the intensity of interest from the clubs that Monaco are reconsidering their stance of not selling him in this window.
The paper say it could cost more than £22m to tempt Monaco into selling the 22-year old.
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.
With Manchester City also in the mix, the young Frenchman has his pick of England’s elite clubs to choose from. Working under Guardiola is likely tempting for most young players in Europe, but would Monaco want to sell to a club they’re due to play in the Last 16 of the UEFA Champions League?
It’s an intriguing transfer rumour this and we can’t wait to see how it develops over the next month.