Sources close to Tiemoue Bakayoko have confirmed that, contrary to reports, Manchester United have not made a bid for the Frenchman this summer.
Reports have emerged suggesting that Man United could swoop in with a bid for the 22-year-old in light of Monaco’s frustration at Chelsea’s proposed payment schedule and refusal to up their figure to £40m.
But despite the Portuguese satisfying such criteria, M.E.N‘s Ciaran Kelly has confirmed that Bakayoko remains set on a move to Chelsea.
The consensus surrounding Bakayoko points towards the deal with Chelsea being more or less done, with an official announcement set to arrive once the 22-year-old returns from holiday.
Murmurs of Mourinho once again stepping on Antonio Conte’s cake by launching a bid of his own could have been engineered in order to speed up the deal and force Chelsea into satisfying Monaco’s demands – a regularly employed tactic during any transfer window.
Three big midfield targets in Nemanja Matic, Fabinho and Bakayoko appear to be off the table for Mourinho as he continues to find a defensive midfielder to give Paul Pogba more leverage going forward. Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier, valued at £50m, will be on the top of the Portuguese’s list.