Chelsea ‘prepared to cut their losses on outcast Tiemoue Bakayoko and accept £20m’ with AC Milan in pole position to sign French midfielder who cost Blues £40m just three years ago
- Chelsea want to offload outcast midfielder Bakayoko during summer window
- He was signed for £40m by Antonio Conte in 2017 but soon fell out of favour
- French international has spent last two seasons on loan at Milan and Monaco
- Reports suggest Chelsea will drop their asking price to £20m to sell him now
- Milan are favourites to wrap up a deal but want to drive the price down further
Chelsea ‘are prepared to cut their asking price for unwanted midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to just £20million’ to convince AC Milan to buy him.
The French midfielder, 25, has spent the past two seasons out on loan at Milan and then Monaco and doesn’t have a future at Stamford Bridge.
Now Chelsea want to offload Bakayoko permanently and, according to The Sun, will accept a £20m bid.
Chelsea ‘are prepared to cut their losses on Tiemoue Bakayoko’ and accept £20m for him
Bakayoko spent the 2018-19 season on loan at AC Milan and they are favourites to sign him
That’s half the price they paid Monaco for him back in 2017.
Bakayoko was brought in by Antonio Conte and played 43 games during his first season with the club despite struggling to adapt to the Premier League.
But Conte’s successor Maurizio Sarri didn’t include the midfielder in his plans and he was allowed to join Milan on loan for the 2018-19 season.
Despite the Italians paying a £4.5m loan fee, they didn’t trigger the option to make permanent their signing for £32m last summer.
Frank Lampard then replaced Sarri but didn’t bring Bakayoko back into the fold, sending him out on loan to Monaco.
Bakayoko spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at his former club Monaco but they turned down the chance to make the move permanent
But he failed to live up to expectations in the curtailed Ligue 1 season and Monaco turned down the chance to sign him a second time for £37.5m.
Despite having two years of his £100,000-a-week contract left to run, there appears to be no way back at Chelsea and the club are prepared to cut their losses.
Bakayoko has already indicated he is willing to take a pay cut to speed up his departure from Stamford Bridge.
And, according to The Sun, Milan are in pole position albeit their opening offer is expected to be around £13.5m – considerably short of Chelsea’s demands.