Tiemoue Bakayoko has become Chelsea’s second signing of the summer, which will be a huge relief for Antonio Conte and great news for all of you fantasy football managers out there.
Chelsea have agreed a £40m move for the French midfielder, who is set to feature at the heart of the Blues’ Premier League title defence next season alongside compatriot N’Golo Kante.
The Blues appear to have avenged the fact Romelu Lukaku decided to join Manchester United instead by beating the Red Devils to the signing.
Dream Team 2017/18
This should make Conte a very happy Italian.
Bakayoko has been one of the most sought-after midfielders in the world this summer, and at only 22-years-old can only get better and better.
The Frenchman moves to West London on the back of a fine season at Stade Louis II, storming to Ligue 1 triumph and reaching the semi-final stage of the Champions League alongside the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Fabinho.
Bakayoko has been described as a “less flashy” and more defensive version of Paul Pogba, and will slot into Chelsea’s midfield alongside Kante as a replacement for the outgoing Nemanja Matic – who is also wanted by United.
What could this mean for your fantasy football team?
Signing Bakayoko is a no-brainer for Chelsea after his fantastic season for Monaco – and we have the stats to back him up too.
WhoScored, who provides the player ratings for Dream Team, gave him a tasty 7.26 overall rating last season, one of the best in the French top-flight.
To give that some context, N’Golo Kane received a rating of 7.23 in the Premier League last season, while Tottenham’s midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama managed a rating of 7.21.
Both Premier League stalwarts were worth £4.5m ahead of last season, so we estimate Bakayoko could be priced around the same amount, considering they’re all rather similar.
When does fantasy football start?
There’s a rather simple answer to that – it has already.
Yes, Dream Team is officially live and kicking with a month still go before the big kick off when Arsenal host Leicester in the opening fixture.
That gives you an awfully long time to monitor the transfer market and choose your team accordingly, with Bakayoko surely a popular choice next season.