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Man United could beat Chelsea to ANOTHER key target after Tiemoue Bakayoko deal stalls

Is this a horrible case of déjà vu for Chelsea and Antonio Conte?

After Manchester United pipped them to prime attacking target Romelu Lukaku this week, it appears the Red Devils have repeated their trick.

That’s because the Daily Mail believe Chelsea’s pursuit of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has stalled – opening the door for United to pounce.

Tiemoue Bakayoko is still wanted from Monaco

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Tiemoue Bakayoko is wanted by both Premier League giants

What could Bakayoko bring to fantasy football?

  • One of the highest rated players in France last season (7.26)
  • Higher rating than both N’Golo Kante (7.23) and Vincent Wanyama (7.21)
  • Scored crucial goal against Man City in Champions League last 16 last season
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Bakayoko was a key part of Monaco’s incredible Ligue 1 title-winning effort last season, with the French side also reaching the Champions League semi-finals as they became Europe’s great entertainers.

He was expected to complete a move to Stamford Bridge this summer alongside Roma defender Antonio Rudiger and Juventus wing back Alex Sandro.

Bakayoko made his debut for France in March

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Bakayoko made his debut for France in March

But Monaco have reportedly grown frustrated at Chelsea’s tardiness with their negotiations, with the Ligue 1 champions keen to get the deal done as soon as possible.

That puts United at the front of the queue at their expense, with Bakayoko viewed as an alternative to Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic at Old Trafford.

The news will come as a hammer blow to Conte’s transfer hopes after Lukaku chose United instead in a British record £75m deal.

Romelu Lukaku is over the moon to be joining Manchester United this summer

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Romelu Lukaku is over the moon to be joining Manchester United this summer

What could Bakayoko bring to fantasy football?

Signing Bakayoko would be a no-brainer for both sides 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.

Bakayoko celebrates scoring against Man City last season

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Bakayoko celebrates scoring against Man City last season

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, but we estimate Bakayoko could be priced at slightly cheaper and a better option given his greater goal threat.

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