According to reports in the Daily Mail, Chelsea are closing in on the £35m signing of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The Blues have been heavily linked with the 22-year-old over the course of the last couple of months but there has been little progress in securing the deal – until now.
Bakayoko was one of the French outfit’s stand-out players last season as they won the Ligue 1 title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, and Antonio Conte wants the France international to strengthen his midfield.
The Daily Mail goes on to suggest that Nemanja Matic could move to Manchester United if the deal for Bakayoko eventually goes through.
Chelsea supporters were quick to have their say on the latest twist in the long-running transfer saga via social media, with many hoping the club wrap up the deal quickly as they have been hearing the same rumour for the last month or so.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
They've been close for weeks now
— Tog1989 (@tog1989) June 21, 2017
We've been reading this for weeks now.. Get it done asap, @ChelseaFC
— #TeamCancer (@NazarMahgoub) June 21, 2017
I've been hearing we're close to signing Bakayoko for over a month now
— Jevy (@JevonX) June 21, 2017
They have been close for a month!!?
— فرانك (@Frank__q88) June 21, 2017
How many times? This close seems too stubborn to be finally closed… #Bored
— Austin Elochukwu (@Elowhite4sure) June 21, 2017
Everyday #CFC is close to sign someone, am so tired of hiring it, We need to sign players.
— Eli (@elimatunda) June 22, 2017
Still dragging on?
— TalkChelsea (@TalkChelsea_) June 21, 2017