LONDON -- Chelsea are closing in on the £35 million signing of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.
The Premier League champions identified Bakayoko, 22, as a priority target heading into this summer, and after weeks of negotiations both clubs now expect the deal to be completed once personal terms with the player are finalised.
Gremio president Odorico Roman has told Zero Hora that they are keen to re-sign Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.
Lucas, who is currently Liverpool's longest-serving player, moved to Anfield from Gremio in 2007 and has widely been linked with a return to his homeland, Brazil.
The 30-year-old has one year remaining on his current Liverpool deal and faces an uncertain future, with Jurgen Klopp admitting at the end of last season that he had "no idea" whether he had played his last game for the Reds.