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Chelsea plan ambitious attempt to sign French midfielder

Chelsea plan ambitious attempt to sign French midfielder

Bakayoko on Chelsea shortlist

Chelsea are reportedly lining up a big-money move for AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. The France Under-21 international has emerged as a key player for the Principality outfit this season.

Bakayoko, 22, has previously admitted that he would be open to a move to the Premier League, should a tempting offer arise in the future.

AS Monaco are said to be reluctant to lose their asset midway through a title-chasing campaign, but according to Le Parisien, the Blues are prepared to test the club's resolve with a huge bid in excess of £40m.

The Blues, who are currently top of the league standings, have a surplus kitty to spend this month following the £60m sale of Oscar to Chinese giants Shanghai SIPG.

Antonio Conte's side failed to clinch a record 14th straight league win after they were defeated by Tottenham Hotspur by a 2-0 scoreline last night.