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Tiémoué Bakayoko sounds out AC Milan move, dependent on certain conditions — report

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Tiemoue Bakayoko of Ac Milan looks on before the Serie A... Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic has left the world and the world of football in disarray, especially when it comes to matters of economy and finance. Clubs whose seasons were prematurely canceled will be some of the most affected, and that includes the likes of AS Monaco in Ligue 1.

For example, Monaco have already decided to forego their buy-option on Tiémoué Bakayoko, despite the Chelsea loanee being one of their best players this season. As a result, his entourage has been initiating contacts with various other clubs over the past several weeks to try to find the 25-year-old a new home for next season, including PSG, Sevilla, and Bakayoko’s previous loan-home, AC Milan.

While his spell in Milan ended in unfortunate circumstances, Bakayoko apparently remains keen to rejoin the Serie A club. Whether Milan are just as keen is less apparent however.

According to AC Milan insider Alessandro Jacobone, thare are two conditions that must be met in order for the Rossoneri to consider the midfielder once again. The first is that the Milan hierarchy must make a decision on the club’s future manager, who will then then make a decision on whether to make a move for Bakayoko. Stefano Pioli has been above average, at best, since taking over the hotseat in October and Milan will likely not make a decision on his future until the end of the season.

The second condition is that Franck Kessié must be sold in order to raise the necessary funds. While the Ivory Coast international was quite highly rated back in the day (and rightly so with Chelsea also reportedly interested), his performances have stagnated and even regressed in recent times, and Milan wouldn’t mind cutting their losses on the €20m-man.

While Tiemoue’s return to the San Siro still looks like a distant dream at the moment, it’s nice to see some progress on the front. With the initial blueprints being formulated, expect to see more rumors on this front in the coming weeks.