Tiemoue Bakayoko completed a transfer from Monaco on 15 July 2017, signing a five-year contract.
He is a tall, strong and quick central midfielder who was instrumental in Monaco’s Ligue 1 triumph the previous season, as well as their impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals.
In possession, Bakayoko typically plays quickly and simply but has the ability to be more expansive if required, and is strong in a one-on-one situation. In 2016/17 he was ranked 15th in Ligue 1 for successful take-ons, highlighting his dribbling ability.
In a tight central midfield two at Monaco he starred as they unexpectedly beat Paris St-Germain to the 2017 title and also reached the last four of the Champions League, knocking out Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund en route. Bakayoko scored the decisive goal in a thrilling two-legged tie against the Premier League side.
Born in Paris, Bakayoko came through the Rennes academy in the north-west of France and made his senior debut in August 2013, a week after his 19th birthday.
He signed for Monaco the following summer and made almost 100 appearances for the principality side during his three seasons there, scoring five goals. He made great strides after former Blue Claude Makelele joined Monaco as a technical director in January 2016.
At international level, Bakayoko was a member of the junior France team that finished runners-up at the 2014 Toulon Tournament.
Bakayoko made 43 appearances during his maiden season at Stamford Bridge, including in the FA Cup final as he completed the full 90 minutes and performed well in our 1-0 win over Man United at Wembley. He also scored three goals.
In August 2018 it was announced he would spend the 2018/19 season on loan at AC Milan.