£22m rated French starlet the subject of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City transfer tussle

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Manchester United have made Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko a January transfer priority, but the Red Devils could face competition from rivals Chelsea and Manchester City as they attempt to snare the young Frenchman.

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The projected departure of Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton means Jose Mourinho’s side will be short of cover once the ex-Southampton player’s move finally goes through, and with the club’s scouting department currently compiling a list of potential replacements, 22-year-old Bakayoko’s name has reportedly come to the fore.

The Daily Mirror claims that the French Under-21 international’s dominant displays in the principality have led to the Premier League giants shortlisting him as their number one target for the problem position, with a January bid in the offing.

Speculation has been rife over Bakayoko’s future for several months now, but in a recent interview with Eurosport, the highly-rated talent suggested that he’d like to stay at Monaco until at least the sumer.

“Friends have told me about it (the interest) but I’m not paying any attention to it. I won’t leave Monaco this winter, that’s a given. I don’t want to leave. Monaco are a great club,” he said.

“Of course, the Premier League is a dream but I don’t have any reason to leave this winter. At the moment, I have two aims: to become champion of France and to go as far as possible

However, such is the depth of interest in Bakayoko- Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte have also asked for the midfielder to be tracked over the past few months for Manchester City and Chelsea respectively- that Monaco could now be prepared to listen to offers for the player during the current window.

Rated around £22 million by the Red and Whites, the 22-year-old has made 19 starts so far this season, helping Leonardo Jardim’s men to comfortably qualify from their Champions League group at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur and sustain an early-season title charge in Ligue 1.

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