The next big step for Tiemoue Bakayoko

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Tiemoue Bakayoko signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2017, but the Frenchman hasn’t been afforded another season since Antonio Conte left the club.

Maurizio Sarri opted against using him, and he was subsequently loaned out to AC Milan. The following year, current boss Frank Lampard opted against using him, and he was sent out on loan to his former employer, Monaco.

It’s almost certain that Bakayoko’s future isn’t at Stamford Bridge, but it’s hard to see which club he’d be playing for next season, especially if he is to be sold.

Chelsea definitely won’t sell the midfielder too cheaply after signing him for £40m, and his wages of £120k per week, could also be a hindrance.

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According to Italian journalist Pietro Mazzara, Milan’s plans for the summer market are in motion with chief scout Geoffrey Moncada and CEO Ivan Gazidis’ right-hand man Hendrik Almstadt leading the charge, signing Bakayoko is believed to be on their list.

Bakayoko impressed on loan at Milan two seasons ago, and there’s an opportunity for a permanent deal this summer.

Bakayoko also wishes to return to Milan but there are two major obstacles to the deal. The first is that of the salary, as the 25-year-old would need to cut in half his current pay packet. The second is the transfer fee, as Chelsea have become a very hard seller and will not offer discounts.

The 25-year-old will surely be looking forward to a permanent switch than another loan deal.

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