According to magazine France Football, AS Monaco are now ‘prioritising’ a (loan?) move for their former midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko in the remaining two weeks of the summer transfer window. The 25-year-old had joined Chelsea from the Principality two years ago for £40m, but has not managed to replicate his success in London, to say the least.
Bakayoko now very much looks surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and while Monaco cannot offer him Champions League football, which he’d prefer, they can offer him more minutes and a familiar environment where he’s had success before. Previously linked with PSG and Everton, both of whom opted to go in a different direction, Bakayoko will be hoping for similar success to last season’s loan at AC Milan, and perhaps even a more permanent arrangement afterwards.
It’s a bit unfortunate that it’s come to this for Bakayoko, as he’s a player who in theory has all the great attributes required of modern box-to-box midfielders. He does still have three years left on his Chelsea contract, but time seems to be running out for him at the club already.