Monaco have claimed that Chelsea’s awkward stance on Tiemoue Bakayoko could pave the way for Manchester United to hijack the deal to sign the midfielder, according to reports.
It was thought that the Premier League champions would have wrapped up the deal by now, but a knee operation at the end of last season has prevented him from completing a medical.
Monaco, meanwhile, have grown frustrated with Chelsea’s proposed payment schedule and refusal to meet their £40m valuation of the Frenchman.
And according to the Telegraph‘s Matt Law, the Ligue 1 champions have claimed that Chelsea’s stance could see Jose Mourinho – fresh from ripping Romelu Lukaku from their grasp – hijack the deal if the club offered improved terms.
Monaco are taking advantage of Antonio Conte’s chagrin at seeing his number one target in Lukaku opt for Old Trafford over Stamford Bridge by throwing Mourinho’s name into the mix. There is no better way of speeding up the deal and shifting Chelsea closer to their demands than by threatening the Italian with another PR nightmare.
Many supporters, after all, would never forgive Conte and the Chelsea board for letting both Lukaku and Bakayoko join Man United, but given their ineptitude in the window up to this point and Ed Woodward’s shrewdness, lightning could very well strike twice.