AC Milan are in talks with Chelsea over a possible loan deal for midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko as he is considered surplus to requirements.
Chelsea are extremely busy as the transfer window comes to a close, with many arrivals and departures expected. Among them Tiemoue Bakayoko is subject of a loan move to AC Milan and according to Sky, the clubs are already talking over a possible deal for the Frenchman.
AC Milan are expected to complete the loan deal for the Frenchman, in a bid to further bolster their squad options. Bakayoko is seen surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, and hence Milan are ready to give him another opportunity to shine outside of the Premier League.
With another midfielder in Mateo Kovacic joining Chelsea from Real Madrid, Bakayoko was expected to leave considering the numerous other midfield options at Chelsea, who would be ahead of him in the pecking order.
Maurizio Sarri is reportedly happy to let Bakayoko leave on a loan deal, as Chelsea will be trying to include a purchase option for Milan, who can sign the player permanently at the end of the season.
Bakayoko joined Chelsea last summer from Monaco in a £40 million deal and started 25 Premier League games. Yet he was not able to satisfy the Chelsea bosses of his reliability as he had a dodgy first season. But the nail in the coffin was not even being on the bench during Chelsea’s recent Community Shield loss to Manchester City.
The presence of Danny Drinkwater on the bench instead suggested that Sarri is likely to use the Englishman more than he would make use of Bakayoko in the coming season. Either way, Bakayoko has intense competition in Cesc Fabregas, Ross Barkley, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and possibly Mateo Kovacic.
AC Milan, on the other hand, are looking to add a player of Bakayoko’s quality to their side after an already impressive transfer window which has seen them acquire Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara from Juventus.
Bakayoko’s initial presence in Chelsea sides during pre-season sort of felt like Sarri would use him well this season, but their pursuit of Kovacic has now made him surplus to requirements. However, at AC Milan he could get regular football and possibly shine for his style of play.