Tiémoué Bakayoko continues to impress in the famous red-and-black stripes of AC Milan, scoring his first goal of the season in last night’s 3-2 loss to rivals Inter Milan. The Derby della Madonnina is one of the biggest games on the footballing calendar as the two halves of Milan enter the arena they normality alternate custody of at the same time, and try to beat each other into submission.
Inter scored early in both halves to grab a two-goal lead before Bakayoko gave AC Milan hope of a comeback with a powerful header on free kick.
Alas, Inter would score again, and then hold on while keeping Higuaín-replacement and actually proflific striker Krzysztof Piątek off the scoresheet, which is by no means an easy task. With the win, Inter leapfrog Milan into third and put a slight wobble in Milan’s hopes of finishing fourth, but Bakayoko’s hopes of being able to stay with the team next season as well.
According to multiple reports in Italy over the weekend, Chelsea remain unmoved by Milan’s attempts to reduce the agreed upon €35-38m buyout included in Bakayoko’s loan contract. The only way Milan can afford that is to qualify for the Champions League. So if Bakayoko wants to stay — which he certainly does after making it repeatedly clear over the past few months — he just might have to score a few more before the end of the season.