Sky Sports reports AC Milan have initiated talks with Chelsea over a potential transfer for Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Having spent last season at Monaco on loan, only for the French club to pull out of a permanent deal due to the coronavirus pandemic which ended the Ligue 1 season.
Bakayoko will be hoping a move to Milan can materialize this time out.
Why Chelsea want to sell
Having joined Chelsea in 2017, the Frenchman has failed to adjust to life at Stamford Bridge.
The 26-year-old has been loaned twice to both Milan and Monaco since 2017.
Chelsea will hope to offset the player’s £100,000-week wage as they look to sell players in order to reinforce their defence with new signings.
It’s clear Bakayoko has not been able to replicate his form which helped Monaco win the league title in 2017. Chelsea’s strong midfield depth would only result in limited minutes for the player.
This is a move that makes sense for all parties involved. The deal structure may be the only stumbling block.
Bakayoko is looking to resurrect his career as he enters his peak years. Milan looks a perfect place for the 26 year old, they are looking to replace veteran players such as Lucas Biglia and Giacomo Bonaventura.
Chelsea are looking to offload the midfielder for £20m, a bargain deal for a player like Bakayoko. A rebuilding Milan side is the right setting for Bakayoko who will be afforded much-needed game time in order to recover his past form.