Chelsea have finally confirmed the signing of French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco for a fee believed to be around £40m.
The Blues have chased the 22-year-old all summer and have finally put pen to paper on a deal for his services, but things were almost so different after a knee injury meant Chelsea almost pulled the plug on the transfer just two weeks ago.
But Bakayoko was booked in for a second medical at the club and the deal finally got over the line with today’s confirmation.
The Frenchman had minor keyhole surgery on his knee last month and that was the reason for the Blues not completing the transfer sooner.
And although the player has been able to pass his medical, his knee injury could potentially see him miss the club’s first few games of the new season.
So, with Bakayoko potentially on the sidelines when Chelsea start the new campaign against Burnley, what is his injury record like?
Well, the midfielder’s career could have taken an entirely different path if he had not broken his leg as a youngster.
The injury kept Bakayoko sidelined for eight months and he missed out on a place at the famed Clairefontaine academy.
A number of France’s top clubs had signalled their intent to sign the midfielder prior to his injury, yet it was only Rennes who were willing to take a chance on the then 13-year-old.
Bakayoko, who would spend six years at the club, moved to Monaco in 2014 after his first full season with the Red and Blacks.
Life at Monaco didn’t start well as he was substituted after only 32 minutes on his debut, with his next appearance coming at the start of October in the Champions League.
After forcing his way back into the first team, a thigh injury sustained in January against Guingamp kept him out for just over three months.
It was a big blow for Bakayoko and he ended up missing 21 games during that period on the sidelines.
Bakayoko’s progress for Leonardo Jardim’s team was hampered the following season with a malleolar injury putting him on the sidelines once again.
Although the injury didn’t keep him out for as long as the previous time, the midfielder spent just over a month out injured and missed six games for his side.
Following his comeback at the end of November, Bakayoko kicked on and caught the eye with a number of top performances in midfield.
Last season he managed to get through a full season unscathed, yet he was forced to wear a protective mask for the Champions League semi-final against Juventus after breaking his nose in a freak training ground collision.
Given that there was a delay over the transfer due to knee surgery, many fans may be concerned about his previous injury record.
Bakayoko has been unlucky with those injury, but it is worth noting that the surgery on his knee is routine and deemed as minor.
He played 46 games last campaign and he will be confident of repeating that for the Blues next season.