On the other side of the fence, competing outlet RMC Sport, via Mohamed Bouhafsi on Twitter, claimed the player will sign his Chelsea contract tonight, having passed his medical on Friday morning, with just the final details between Bakayoko and his new club being ironed out. "Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood", Bakayoko said.
While Bakayoko has not yet pulled on the training kit, the Frenchman was a keen spectator as Antonio Conte put the boys through their paces at Cobham on Saturday.
And after weeks of hard negotiations, Chelsea have finally secured the midfield signing Antonio Conte wanted, paving the way for Nemanja Matic - who has been training alone since the Blues players returned to Cobham for preseason training last Monday - to be sold.
Chelsea snapped up Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco for £40m yesterday.
Prior to Kante, the most expensive player ever signed by the Blues in the position was Cesc Fabregas, who joined for £30m from Barcelona in the summer of 2014.
Despite interest from Chinese Super League club, Tianjin Quanjian which surfaced during the January transfer window; an offer made reportedly.
If Chelsea are to win their sixth Premier League title, they must fill the goalscoring void left by the 28-year-old Costa. Now the work starts for all of us together to progress'.
"I can't say anything because I have not played in the Premier League", he added.
Aspiring Chelsea midfielders can have few better role models than Makelele, now assistant coach at Swansea but formerly victor of two league titles and three major cups at Stamford Bridge.
"I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach (Antonio Conte) and alongside so many great team-mates".