Two weeks ago, even as Tiémoué Bakayoko and his agent were making all the right noises about the Chelsea “project”, the returning loanee also made it quite clear that he wouldn’t mind going back to his home city of Paris and continuing his football there, at a tiny little local outfit called Paris Saint-Germain.
According to France Football (via Sport Witness), PSG have heard this call to arms, and are now interested in Bakayoko’s services for the upcoming season.
It is a connection that also comes quite easily thanks to the return of former PSG player Leonardo as the new sporting director, the same role he fulfilled at AC Milan last season where he brought in Bakayoko on loan from Chelsea. Leonardo’s predecessor, Antero Henrique, apparently preferred Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele, but the new man in charge wants to put his money on Bakayoko instead — despite the not so happy ending in Milan.
Since Chelsea cannot make any new signings this summer, Bakayoko’s return was seen as potentially a great addition to a midfield that looks likely to lose Mateo Kovačić at the end of this week and will be without Ruben Loftus-Cheek for at least the first few months of the season. But Chelsea tend not to keep unhappy players around, so if Bakayoko wants to go and PSG are willing to spend some of their endless amounts of money on him, we could surely come to an agreement.