By Mark Weasley
Manchester United are hoping to pip Chelsea to the signing of youngster, Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The 22-year-old Frenchman, who currently plies his trade with Ligue 1 club, Monaco is wanted by both Chelsea and Manchester United, but the London outfit’s reluctance to meet the French club’s valuation could prove to be a major stumbling block. The Telegraph report that Mourinho, the Manchester United boss is willing to sanction a £30m for the central midfielder, and will fund the transfer with proceeds from the sale of Morgan Schneiderlin, who is close to a move to Everton.
Chelsea have sent scouts to watch Bakayoko this season, and are looking to sign the midfielder, as they are currently thin on options in that department following the sales of Mikel and Oscar to the Chinese Super League. Bakayoko has been instrumental for Leonardo Jardim’s men this season, and has made a total of 23 appearances, scoring twice. He has been likened to Yaya Toure, who also played at the club before sealing a dream move to Barcelona in 2007.
Mourinho had earlier revealed that there will be no new signings this January, but the opportunity to frustrate his former club may prove too tempting to ignore, as The Blues do not boast the financial muscle that his current club possess. United are still in the running for four competitions and will need every quality player available to actualise any dream of success.
The entrance of The Red Devils in the pursuit for the signature of the powerful midfielder means that they are favourites to land him. Mourinho may want another central midfielder to lift the load off Paul Pogba, who is starting to get into his stride, following his world record move to Old Trafford last summer.
Bakayoko is a midfielder capable of playing as a specialist defensive midfielder and also in a central role. He is strong, powerful and is a fierce competitor.