Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has administered a blow to Manchester United and Chelsea by revealing that it would be difficult to resist Paris Saint-Germain, The Metro reports.
The 22-year-old is believed to have been tracked by the two Premier League giants ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
Bakayoko joined Monaco from Rennes in 2014, and over the past year he has become a regular first-team member.
The midfielder started in the dramatic 5-3 defeat to Manchester City in the first leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League, which proves that he can cope with the pressures of top-level football.
The Metro claims that United and Chelsea are considering summer swoops, but it appears that they could miss out if one French giant comes calling.
Bakayoko is quoted as saying:
“The opportunity to sign for PSG’s youth academy presented itself after Montrogue. But my dad and my brother chose Rennes, the best youth academy at the time.
“Not going to PSG hurt me, I even had tears in my eyes. If the opportunity presents itself, I will not refuse a move to PSG. But I am only 22 and I feel very good at Monaco.”
Well, the young midfielder has drawn comparisons to former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira.
Despite his age, he has already made 31 appearances in all competitions this season and has netted two goals, both in Ligue 1.
In terms of his style, the Frenchman tends to perform a defensive role and tackling is certainly one of his strengths.
Bakayoko has the ability to dart forward with the ball, and even though he is not particularly comfortable with quick passing, the midfielder’s physicality is a big plus.
Most top teams strive for attractive football, but it is always important to have a player of Bakayoko’s style to thwart attacks at the other end.