Not kept by AS Monaco in spite of the principality club having the option to make the loan move permanent, Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko is a bit of a problem for the club this summer.
Frank Lampard has made it relatively clear the Frenchman doesn’t fit among his plans, meaning a new transfer, whether it be temporary or permanent, will need to be sorted out in the coming weeks.
Thre is time for that to happen, what with the extended transfer market and all that, and there is already an interested club in Italy.
AC Milan, a club Bakayoko knows well from his previous loan stint there, and TuttoMercatoWeb report a move back to Serie A is more than just an idea, as those in charge would welcome the player back, convinced that a midfield of him and Ismael Bennacer could support Ralf Rangnick’s 4-2-3-1 system.
The problem remains his wages, as it’s almost certain the Serie A outfit will have a salary cap next year, and Tiemoue’s €6.5m per year are above that.
However, it’s understood it would not be a huge problem as they could spread Bakayoko’s money over a longer deal, such as a four-year one, allowing to pay him €4m per year until he is 30, breaking the €3m ceiling for both the player and potentially Luka Jovic.
As for the transfer sum, it’s claimed Chelsea would want €20 million, which, if true, shows how badly they’d like to get him off their wage bill, seeing as they initially paid Les Monegasques €40 million for his services back in 2017.