Chelsea complete signing of Monaco's Bakayoko

Tiemoue Bakayoko is a target for Chelsea

His arrival is an exciting prospect for Antonio Conte, as Bakayoko could help create one of the most lethal midfield duos in the Premier League with his friend and French team-mate, N'Golo Kante. Such an issue initially prevented him from completing a medical and is likely to see him miss the start of Chelsea's title defence.

Every transfer carries an element of risk, and Bakayoko's body of work at the elite level is smaller than most.

The France worldwide was deemed to be on the cusp of joining the Blues over the past few days, and he has now inked a five-year deal with the English champions.

Yet history suggests that when Chelsea splash out on a central midfielder, they generally know what they are doing.

Relief is here for all concerned, however, with Bakayoko and the Blues confirming a five-year contract on Saturday evening. The deal looked to be good value the day it was announced and proved to be a bargain.

Chelsea open the defence of their Premier League crown at home against Burnley on August 12.

Daily Star: Alternatively, Diego Costa is ready to make peace with manager Antonio Conte and stay at Stamford Bridge.

It is understood that Conte is already anxious that Bakayoko may not be ready to start for Chelsea until September, meaning he would miss the first three Premier League games of the season against Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.

Bakayoko has followed the club and several of the players on Twitter, while also using the social media platform to troll Manchester United. He re-joined Chelsea in January 2014, and has scored 7 goals in 151 matches in that time, and winning two league titles and a League cup.

His second was a disaster. In their eyes, Jose Mourinho was never in for the French global in the first place. Further payments might follow the initial £39.8 million fee, depending on the player's success at Chelsea.

Sky Sports News HQ understands the 22-year-old has cost the Blues £40m - some £10m less than Fernando Torres in 2011.

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent.

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