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Chelsea blocked a potential transfer of Tiemoue Bakayoko to Galatasaray or PSG with the midfielder instead allowed to return to Monaco on a season-long loan deal, having left them for £40million two years ago.
Monaco will have the option to buy Bakayoko at the end of the loan spell for £38m, according to reports.
According to Goal via Daily Express, Chelsea stopped Bakayoko from joining PSG or Galatasaray because they offered just loan deals without an obligation to buy.
Bakayoko played a major role in Monaco’s Champions League run of 2016-17 which saw the French club reach the semi-final and it was his performances that season that convinced Chelsea to sign him in the summer of 2017 for £40m.
Bakayoko struggled to impress at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte and was loaned out to AC Milan last season.
Bakayoko attempted to impress new manager Frank Lampard in pre-season but he failed to make the required impact to return to the Blues first team.
Bakayoko wasn’t the only midfielder to go out on loan, with former Leicester flop Danny Drinkwater also leaving for Burnley.
Speaking after Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United, Lampard explained why he let Bakayoko and Drinkwater leave Chelsea.
“Danny has been here for two years and hadn’t played many games,” Lampard said.
“He was eager for his own benefit, which I felt was good for us.
“Bakayoko similarly was here for one season, went on loan and going on loan again to try to bring himself back to where he wants to be.
“If you want to talk midfield players we have got Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Mount, Barkley, Reece James coming back from injury who can play in midfield, Andreas Christensen who can play in midfield.
“I have to make decisions on the squad as a whole, that is my job.”