Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Chelsea midfielder ‘very close’ to sealing move away from the Blues

Chelsea midfielder ‘very close’ to sealing move away from the Blues

Chelsea could be set to bid farewell to two more players before the summer transfer window closes across Europe, with Dennis Wise expecting Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayako to move on.

Goal reported on Tuesday that a move was in the pipeline and it was completed formally on Thursday as part of the deal that saw Thibaut Courtois move in the opposite direction, hours before the transfer deadline in England.

How could Chelsea line up after the transfer window ends?

Tiemoue Bakayoko is on the verge of joining AC Milan on-loan with an option to buy, according to reports in Italy.

New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has reportedly declared France global Tiémoué Bakayoko surplus to requirement this season.

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Kepa played 30 times in La Liga for Bilbao last season and kept seven clean sheets as the Basque side finished 16th in the table. Chelsea have completed the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £71m - a world record for a goalkeeper.

Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan.

England worldwide Drinkwater is also facing added competition for places 12 months after a big-money transfer, with it possible that he could be offloaded before the latest deadline passes.

Chelsea winger Willian has confirmed he has no desire to leave the Blues this season after being linked with a move to Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.

The 23-year-old France worldwide joined the Blues from Monaco last summer for £40m and started 25 Premier League games in his first season in the Premier League.

With Milan leading the race for Bakayoko, Everton's interest appears to be dependent on whether or not they land Zouma.

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