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This is the reason Europe’s most-wanted midfielder is set to choose Chelsea over Man United

Tiemoue Bakayoko is tantalisingly close to signing for the Blues and it's thought Antonio Conte is the key reason for the Frenchman's decision

Playing as a centre-midfielder against Chelsea next season isn’t going to be much fun.

N’Golo Kante tireless hounding is set to be backed up by the powerful bullying of Tiemoue Bakayoko.

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The Blues are so close to signing the 22-year-old fans can almost smell his undoubtedly masculine odour.

A transfer fee of approximately €40million is likely with many sources reporting that the Frenchman has already agreed personal terms with his soon-to-be new club.

While Chelsea have always been the favourites to sign the Monaco midfielder they were far from the only big club who expressed interest.

L’Equipe are reporting that Man United were also keen but Bakayoko fancies Stamford Bridge over Old Trafford because of Antonio Conte.

The 47-year-old Italian enhanced his reputation as a manager further last season after an early season to switch to a 3-4-3 formation inspired Chelsea to an imperious title win.

Conte has also been praised for getting the best out of players who had previously underperformed in Chelsea blue such as Victor Moses and Pedro while also encouraging Eden Hazard back to his devastating peak.

Tactical nous, man management, unbridled passion – Conte has it all and is deservedly attracting in-demand players as a reward.

Well deserved

Well deserved

This revelation may come as a slap in the face for Jose Mourinho, a man unaccustomed to having other managers best him when it comes to reputation.

However, rumours are that Man United are interested in Bakayoko’s Monaco team-mate Fabinho.

The 23-year-old Brazilian international can play as a right-back or a centre-midfielder and would demand a similarly large transfer fee.

You have to feel sorry for Monaco fans, their title-winning squad is being ripped apart piece by piece.