Bakayoko set to sign five-year Chelsea contract on Saturday

Thibaut Duval
Juillet 15, 2017

Goal understands that the Monaco midfielder traveled to London on Thursday and passed his medical with the Blues a day later, despite lingering concerns over his knee.

Costa has yet to return to pre-season training and is currently in Brazil.

There are rumours that Matic has been training on his own at the Chelsea since arriving back from his holiday earlier this week. His first full season back in England saw him make the 2014/15 PFA Team of the Year as he helped his side to the title.

The Blues may favour Matic moving to Serie A. United's purchase of striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton may strengthen the resolve of Chelsea not to sell to a direct rival and reunite the Serbia midfielder with Jose Mourinho.

According to Law, Matic is "desperate to force his way out of Chelsea". But this isn't the general scheme of things at the Bridge, where owner Roman Abramovich's impatience at perceived failure regularly manifests itself in the form of hasty managerial departures.

To add to the complications surrounding a Matic transfer, Inter Milan are also thought to be interested.

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Il adresse également ses remerciements à "tous les personnels ayant contribué au bon déroulement de cette session". Un chiffre qui augmente de 1,4 points par rapport à 2016, mais qui créé un écart avec la moyenne nationale (89%).

"I want to thank him, as well, for allowing me to wear that number".

As far as Lukaku is concerned though, it's a case of Chelsea shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. Abramovich may have a bottomless pit of money when it comes to bankrolling Chelsea, but as the Lukaku to United move exemplifies, sometimes cash isn't enough.

With hindsight things could have been a lot less problematic at the Bridge, the venue of the greatest soap opera in football.

Chelsea face FA Cup winners Arsenal again at Wembley in the Community Shield on August 6 and open the defence of their Premier League crown at home against Burnley on August 12.

And, there are question marks over whether Chelsea will deal with Manchester United.

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