Deemed surplus to requirements, Danny Drinkwater and Tiémoué Bakayoko have been searching for moves away from Chelsea. While Drinkwater managed to find himself a half a season loan to Burnley, Bakayoko was left without suitors as the Premier League window slammed shut.
The good news for him is that the European transfer window remains open and today, L’Equipe (via Sport Witness) reports that Bakayoko’s former team, AS Monaco are ‘seriously considering’ taking the midfielder back on loan for the season.
Having gotten off to a terrible start in their first Ligue 1 fixture, a 3-0 defeat at home to Lyon in which Cesc Fabregas was sent off, Monaco are keen to improve their midfield solidity and believe Bakayoko, in familiar surroundings and under the guidance of coach Leonardo Jardim, could be just the ticket. Indeed, it feels like a change of scenery would do good for Bakayoko just like it did for him last season with Milan — where he was set to stay for good until events on and off the pitch made that impossible.
The transfer window for most European leagues doesn’t close until September 2, so Bakayoko may yet have some more options to choose from. But it sure seems like none of them would be as good as Monaco, where he once made his way into the UEFA Champions League Team of the Year (2017) and caught the eye of several top teams around the world, including Chelsea.