RMC report that Ligue 1 side AS Monaco continue to negotiate with two central midfield targets, as they seek to get one more through the door before the summer transfer window shuts next week.
The priority target is 22-year-old AC Milan central midfielder Franck Kessié – the problem is not so much the Italian club, who are quite inclined to let him leave for around €25m, but the player, who is making enormous salary demands that could prove too much for the Principality side.
Talks for the loan of Chelsea midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko are in the meantime continuing, as the Premier League side seem to have relaxed their position in recent hours. Initially, CFC were not keen to send Bakayoko to Monaco and had been holding out for a team playing European football to pick him up for 12 months, where he would receive more market exposure to eventually sell him next summer. Options seem to be very limited in terms of destinations, thus why Chelsea are now willing to sanction the move.