There has been a lot of interest in Stade Rennes midfielder, Tiemoue Bakayoko, in recent weeks. Premier League clubs Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United have been rumoured to have sent scouts to watch the Breton side and their 19-year-old prospect. Now Champions League bound Monaco are reportedly interested in signing the defensive midfielder this summer as they look to replace a couple of midfield options at the Monegasque club.
Selon Sport365, Monaco suivrait le jeune milieu de terrain rennais Tiemoué Bakayoko (19 ans).— AS Monaco Mercato (@ASM_Mercato) May 5, 2014
Bakayoko’s contract with Rennes expires in the summer of 2016, they recently tied up an extension for fellow midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure until 2017, but there is still no word on Bakayoko being offered a new deal, this is why a few teams have begun to show interest.
At 19 years old, Bakayoko has impressed at defensive midfield during his 22 appearances this season. His best performances have come when he is able to sit in front of the back four and use his size, speed and strength to break-up the oppositions play and then give the ball to Rennes talented attacking players. He is a no nonsense player that likes nothing more than protecting the defence.
Monaco have been linked with Bakayoko to help cover their midfield positions. They want someone to help share responsibilities with French veteran Jeremy Toulalan and replace the possible loss of Algerian Mounir Obbadi who has been linked with a move to RC Lens if they win promotion to Ligue 1.
Bakayoko is just one of a number of targets that Monaco are looking at for this summer, but with the increased need for home-grown players in the Champions League and the pressures of meeting the Financial Fair Play restrictions, signing cheaper talent from within the French league will become a higher priority for most of Ligue 1’s bigger clubs.
The lure of the Premier League will be hard to resist for the likes of Bakayoko, but the prospect of playing in the Champions League for Monaco may just be enough to keep him in France for a few years longer.