Tiemoue Bakayoko is on the verge of a move to Milan, on loan for €5m with option to buy for up to €35m from Chelsea.
The France international turns 24 next week and can celebrate with a transfer to San Siro.
Chelsea paid €40m to get the midfielder from Monaco only a year ago, but he has struggled for regular playing time and is not in new Coach Maurizio Sarri’s plans.
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Sky Sport Italia, Corriere della Sera, Sportitalia and other Italian sources are confident a deal has been done and is only down to the details.
Technical director Leonardo didn’t fly out with the squad for last night’s 3-1 friendly defeat to Real Madrid so he could stay behind and work on these negotiations with Chelsea.
Bakayoko is expected to arrive on loan at a cost of €5m with option to buy at the end of the season for another €35m.
An exchange of documents could be today or tomorrow, with the player flying in for a medical in the next 48 hours.
The Italian transfer window shuts on Friday August 17, because the Serie A season kicks off on Saturday.