Chelsea fans will have high expectations heading into the transfer window given that they are the champions of England and plan to continue that dominance next season.
This week, two players have agreed to leave the club, with second-string goalkeeper Asmir Begovic joining Bournemouth and youngster Dominic Solanke signing for Liverpool.
In terms of incomings, no official deals have been announced yet, but reports claim that the Blues are closing in on a defensive midfielder.
The Independent states that the West London outfit are in talks with Monaco over the £42m swoop of Tiemoue Bakayoko, who played a role in the French club winning Ligue 1 and progressing to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The 22-year-old made 47 appearances in all competitions this season, and even though his main attributes are of the defensive variety, he managed to score three goals as well.
If Bakayoko does move to Stamford Bridge, then it perhaps raises questions over Nemanja Matic’s future.
It is likely that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte would want his new signing to work alongside reliable N’Golo Kante.
Supporters have taken to Twitter to give their views on the Bakayoko reports.
Bakayoko is a solid young player. Perfect for our system under Conte. He will do for Conte what Pogba did for him at Juve.
— CJ (@CJZola) May 31, 2017
WELCOME TO CHELSEA BAKAYOKO!
— CHAMPIONS (@ConteCated) May 31, 2017
I'm the only Chelsea fan who like Bakayoko lmao hope he will repay my faith
— Rentboy FC (@o_monzi) May 31, 2017
Would take Bakayoko as long as we get Veratti or Nainggolan too, only Bakayoko is not good enough
— Redis (@redisGeshtenja) May 31, 2017
This Bakayoko guy looks decent, potentially the perfect player to pair with Kante! #CFC
— Ryan Gooding (@RyanGooding29) May 31, 2017
— CHAMPIONS ???????? (@AustriaBlue) May 31, 2017
Bakayoko. Is fantastic signing. A great addition in the midfield, but I don't think Matić will stay. #CFC
— DrogbaFan11 (@Ahmed_A_Askar) May 31, 2017
If reports of Bakayoko are true, it would be a massive statement from the club. Adding to an area we are already strong in. #CFC
— Daniel Childs (@SonOfChelsea) May 31, 2017
— pinkster 2️⃣6️⃣???? (@THECFCNUTTER) May 31, 2017