Not too long ago, Chelsea midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko was having a fairly good loan stint at AC Milan. But then came a fallout between the player and his then manager Gennaro Gattuso and the work done on turning a temporary deal into a permanent one was lost in the process.
Now in his usual summer limbo, Bakayoko is fondly reminiscing of these years past including his year-long loan spell at San Siro back in the 2018-19 season. According to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), the French midfielder wants to be back at Milan and stay there for good.
Since leaving Milan, Bakayoko had two full loan stints at AC Monaco and Napoli. While he was a regular feature in both outfits, his performances were not good enough to justify a permanent stay that could cost from €18m to €40m.
Bakayoko’s wishes could be aided by the fact he only has one year left on his Chelsea contract, which severely diminishes the club’s bargaining power at the negotiation table in case an offer arrives for him. However Milan themselves would not be willing to sign him up without assessing his skills first, thus opting for the loan with option to buy arrangement that worked out so well for them in Fikayo Tomori’s case.
That however hinges on Chelsea and manager Thomas Tuchel not being interested in testing Bakayoko during preseason. But the German head coach might be thinking otherwise as according to the Guardian, Tuchel wants to ‘take a look’ at the 26-year-old to see whether he can at least provide depth to our squad.
Some will say this is a very optimistic view from Tuchel given how Bakayoko has struggled to impress in loan spell at top teams, and the player’s own desire to find a new permanent home. However as players such as Victor Moses have shown, sometimes all they need is a bit of trust and a good manager on their side to begin adding value to a club like Chelsea.