A medical several weeks in the making has finally been taken and passed as well as Tiemoué Bakayoko took another step closer to becoming Chelsea’s newest signing this morning. There was plenty of confusion however as the news of that progress didn’t break until much later in the day.
Here’s the French Transfer Oracle, Mohamed Bouhafsi with the good news, saying that the medical was passed this morning and the formality of signing the contract is expected to happen tonight after the final details are settled.
Tiemoué #Bakayoko a passé la visite médicale à Chelsea ce matin, règlement de derniers détails entre Chelsea et le joueur. Signature ce soir— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) July 14, 2017
Whether those final details included additional documentation from Monaco is unknown, but there is a chance something like that formed the basis of the earlier scare-mongering from another French journalist.
Ghazi on #lequipeMercato: Chelsea have asked Monaco for additional documentation, which they have not yet received. (2/2)— Get French Football (@GFFN) July 14, 2017
The situation wasn’t helped by Bakayoko himself taking to Twitter and Instagram to repeatedly troll Chelsea fans by setting his geotags to “Manchester, England” on two eventually deleted tweets, while later also going into his Instagram and deleting a picture he had taken at Cobahm from his story. Such a troll, that Bakayoko.
And it's back! Kids these days... pic.twitter.com/yuBAkcWazB— Dávid Pásztor (@D_Peezy) July 14, 2017
Of course, we knew that he was in London thanks to posts by his entourage, while others also recognized the hotel he was staying at as the Chelsea Harbour Hotel.
Meanwhile, late last night, after he arrived in London, Bakayoko had already had dinner with two of his future teammates, David Luiz and Willian. So we were confident that all his shenanigans were just trolling of an even higher order than Michy Batshuayi’s usual Twitter escapades. Those two could be fun together in this new age of social media.
If Bakayoko can disrupt attacks as much as he's disrupted social media then he'll be fine in the Premier League.— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) July 14, 2017
So, all that’s left now is the formality of signing the contract, making the announcement, and probably finish filming some cringey video to put on social media — on that note, Southampton’s parody of an announcement video yesterday for their backup goalkeeper’s contract extension should just about signal the end of this terrible trend.