After an impressive loan at AC Milan last season, things were looking up for Tiémoué Bakayoko, with a new manager at the helm providing him a second chance to make his mark in the Chelsea squad.
Unfortunately, Bakayoko has seen himself entirely left out of the last two preseason fixtures, pointing towards another exit sooner than later. Today, Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard reports that Galatasaray are interested in taking the midfielder on loan for the season.
Just as Sarri found Bakayoko incompatible for his possession-based football, Lampard has reportedly been unimpressed with his performances in training sessions and several preseason games, clocking just 185 minutes. With as many as 6 midfielder at our disposal, excluding Danny Drinkwater who at least counts as homegrown, competition for places in the centre is too much to get even paltry Cup minutes should Bakayoko stay.
A permanent move to AC Milan was on the cards this summer but a terrible end to Bakayoko’s tenure in Italy, on and off the pitch, marked the end of his Milan stay. With Milan dropping from the Champions League places, activating Bakayoko's buy-option became virtually impossible given their FFP constraints.
Bakayoko had garnered interest from PSG as well as Everton earlier this summer, but both teams secured their first choice targets, leaving limited options for Bakayoko. It might be in the best interest of all parties involved to get a deal finalised with Galatasaray as we move towards the end of the transfer window.