Tiemoue Bakayoko is reportedly aiming to leave Chelsea as he dreams of reuniting with AC Milan in the off-season.
Bakayoko joined Chelsea in the summer of 2017 from Monaco, signing a five-year deal for a reported £40 million.
The box-to-box midfielder had played a key role in helping the
Principality outfit to win the Ligue 1 title in 2016-17, while the club
also made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
He made 51 appearances for Monaco during his final season at the
Stade Louis II and was being courted by several top clubs across the
Antonio Conte won the race for Bakayoko's signature as he looked to
strengthen his Chelsea squad after winning the Premier League title.
However, the one-cap France international struggled to adapt to life
in England and many Chelsea fans called for him to be moved on at the
end of his debut campaign.
They got their wish as Bakayoko was loaned out to AC Milan for 2018-19, making 31 Serie A appearances.
Despite changes in the dugout over the past couple of seasons, the
25-year-old hasn't been able to force his way back into the first-team
picture at Stamford Bridge.
Bakayoko agreed to return to Monaco on a season-long loan last summer
and it's understood the Ligue 1 side have the option to make his switch
permanent for €42.5 million.
Reports suggest that he is looking to secure a permanent exit from
Chelsea and it's claimed in Italy that his heart is set on signing a
deal with AC Milan.
Chelsea are understood to be keen on doing some big business in the
next transfer window with Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho high on
Frank Lampard's list of targets.
In order to raise the cash required for such a high-profile player,
Lampard will need to generate funds from player sales and Bakayoko is
likely to be a casualty.
- TEAMtalk media