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Blues complete AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko's signing

Gary Neville Gary Neville
Felix Bryan | 18 July, 2017, 00:10

Everybody has known for a long while now that Tiemoue Bakayoko was going to be a Chelsea player, but it is only today that the move has been confirmed.

Chelsea completed the signing of French global midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco, the Premier League champions announced on Saturday.

Bakayoko becomes Chelsea's 3rd signing of the summertime after the arrivals of back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero and centre-back Antonio Rudiger from Roma.

It is also the largest fee that Chelsea have ever paid for a midfielder, beating the £32m paid to acquire fellow France worldwide N'Golo Kante from Leicester City last July.

Chelsea defender Tiemoue Bakayoko says making part of England's best club was the reason why he rejected other offers to move to Stamford Bridge. He enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence at Monaco last season after two years of being viewed as an unfulfilled talent, and he only earned his first global cap for France in March.

"For me this is the biggest English club, and I hope to achieve great things here". "I am sure he will adapt to the system and he will bring Chelsea to a different level, so I'm very pleased, very pleased. Chelsea are a big club", the 24-year-old said at a promotional event in Tokyo.

Costa was well-suited to the English game, and his 52 Premier League goals came from just 89 appearances, leaving him with one of the best goals-per-game ratios in the top flight over the last three seasons.

"I've played a match with him for the French national team so we know each other very well and I hope we can do attractive things together this year".

"Now the work starts for all of us together to progress".

Asked what his ambitions were for the upcoming season, Bakayoko added: 'I have the ambition to play as many matches as possible.

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