However, AS Monaco turned the Blues down as they had already agreed a deal with the Red Devils. A fee of £36 million was negotiated with the Old Trafford outfit, which could rise to £58 million if various clauses are fulfilled. The huge price is a major boost for the principality-based side, who have become used to selling their best players in recent years.
With the forward only 19-years-old, this fee puts huge pressure on his shoulders to perform immediately. Last season he scored ten goals in 44 appearances, and he will be expected to vastly improve that in a more difficult league this time round.
However, the fact that the Stamford Bridge team were also willing to pay so much for the striker means that it may not be as outlandish a figure as first thought. The revelation should also give the player, who made his debut for France against Portugal on Friday, the confidence needed to be a success in the Premier League.