The midfield anchorman, Tiemoué Bakayoko, posted a unique hint of his imminent £35million arrival at Stamford Bridge by shopping at two Blues’ backers – Nike and Dior.
The once-capped French star, who has already had a medical with the Premier League champions, posted snaps of his buying spree on Instagram,
Bakayoko‘s transfer increases the likelihood of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho recruiting one of his favourite old players, Nemanja Matic, from Chelsea.
And Ligue 1 title-winner Bakayoko should fit in well with Antono Conte‘s Prem big-spenders if his own shopping experience is anything to judge by.
Bakayoko showed the style and poise that helped him become an unsung star for Monaco – where he was mainly known for his athleticism and tidy passing – as he tried on clothes.
He could be the first part of a £95m double purchase by Blues chief Conte ahead of his second season in England.
Juventus’ Brazilian star defender Alex Sandro is tipped to become the world’s costliest defender by joining Chelsea for £60m.