Chelsea are set to sit down with Tiemoue Bakayoko’s representatives ahead of another move away from Stamford Bridge.
Bakayoko joined Chelsea from Monaco in the summer of 2017 for £36m and has since had loan spells at AC Milan, back with Monaco and at Napoli.
And now both Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness) claim the Chelsea midfielder is optimistic over a return to Milan.
Gazzetta state that Chelsea ‘have opened the doors to a new loan, this time on more advantageous terms than two years ago’ and that a ‘new meeting is scheduled today (thursday), with his agents’.
And if the 27-year-old is ‘willing to adjust his demands to the Rossoneri philosophy, then the deal could be closed really quickly’.
Correiere hold a similar view, claiming Milan have ‘never abandoned’ the idea of bringing him back to the club – his name has ‘returned with arrogance’… whatever that means.
But Corriere, unlike Gazzetta, claim Milan could ‘take him on advantageous terms and have two paths’.
One of those paths would see Chelsea renew Bakayoko’s contract – which currently expires next summer – ahead of a loan, and the other would be ‘the outright purchase at low cost’.
We suspect the Blues would jump at the chance of securing even a small fee for a player who has no real chance of making a return to the first team at Stamford Bridge.
The money could also be used to put towards the signing of a player in the mould of Bakayoko – Aurelien Tchouameni.
The Monaco midfielder was rumoured to be on the Blues’ radar earlier this year, but their transfer focus was drawn to bringing a striker to the club.
Having now secured the £98m signing of Romelu Lukaku, they are now reportedly back negotiating with the 21-year-old’s entourage over a deal.
Tchouameni – who would cost in the region of £34m – was a standout midfielder in Ligue 1 last season, thriving under the leadership of Niki Kovac.
Manchester United have reportedly held talks with his agent as they target a new defensive midfielder.
Cesc Fabregas has played alongside Tchouameni at Monaco and the former Chelsea midfielder believes he has the ability to go right to the top of the game.
“He has the potential to be the complete midfielder. He’s a modern midfield player,” Fabregas said earlier this year.