OFFICIAL: Tiemoue Bakayoko joins Monaco on loan

Tiemoue Bakayoko has officially joined Monaco, Chelsea’s official website has confirmed.

The French midfielder will join his former club for the remainder of the season.

Bakayoko has become surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge after he failed to impress Frank Lampard during the preseason.

Monaco were not the preferred option for Chelsea, as the club director Marina Granovskaia initially blocked the potential move.

After it became clear the Ligue 1 club were the only real option the sides have started the negotiations.

Earlier, RMC Sport has reported that Monaco will have a £32m buy-out option for the 25-year-old who left Monaco for West London in 2017 for £40m.