Forgotten Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko could be set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), AC Milan are very interested in signing the Frenchman and have already agreed personal terms with him. However, the Italians are yet to decide on a transfer fee with Chelsea to strike a permanent deal.
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The report claims that Bakayoko has ‘reappeared’ on Milan’s radar after he enjoyed a loan stint with the Serie A side in 2018. He has since been on loan with AS Monaco, but the side in his native country weren’t willing to make the move permanent.
Now, the 25-year-old finds himself in search of a new club, with things seeming to have moved on without him at Chelsea.
The Blues have reportedly named a price tag for Bakayoko, but at €20million (£17.9m), Milan are struggling to meet the bar. However, they would be willing to pay in cash if Chelsea can lower the amount to €15m (£13.4m). The Frenchman is also allegedly willing to lower his current wage packet by as much as 50% in order to make the move happen.
Bakayoko last made an appearance for the West London outfit at the end of the 2017/18 season before he was sent on back-to-back loan spells. Now Frank Lampard has the reins, he has slipped even further down the pecking order.
With the likes of Mason Mount impressing this campaign and new recruit Hakim Ziyech now at the club, Bakayoko’s best bet for guaranteed game time is to leave Stamford Bridge. Indeed, Chelsea will want to cash in on the Frenchman, whose contract runs out in 2022. Cashing in on the midfield man would also free up a lofty £110,000 per week in wages, according to Spotrac.
The Blues are eagerly looking to strengthen their team ahead of the new term and are eyeing up huge money targets like Kai Havertz, who has already agreed personal terms with the club. Another name on the wish list is Ben Chilwell, who Leicester have valued more than £80m departure Harry Maguire (via The Mirror).
Chelsea have started shopping around for alternatives due to the left-back’s mammoth price tag, but with the sale of Bakayoko, Lampard could inch closer to securing another of his high priority transfer targets.
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