While Chelsea loanee Tiémoué Bakayoko was arguably one of AS Monaco’s best players in the now-cancelled Ligue 1 season, Monaco will not take up their €42m buy-option, partly due to the pandemic, but also due to the club’s poor season, wherein they finished 9th and out of next season’s Champions League.
Perennially-interested PSG have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old, and are said to have even contacted his representatives, but apparently he sits behind Wilfried Ndidi and Thomas Partey on their wishlist.
However, as per a report from France Football, a new exit route might have just opened. Sevilla are also interested in the midfielder’s services, and with the club in strong position to qualify for next season’s Champions League — they currently sit 3rd in La Liga — they are optimistic about their chances of signing him.
Sevilla’s midfield is stacked at the moment, but long-serving Ever Banega is leaving the club at the end of the season and moving to Al-Shabab, which creates a void that will need to be filled. While Sevilla are currently waiting for a decision regarding the fate of the La Liga season due to the pandemic, once they’re assured of European football next season, it’s stated that they would accelerate negotiations with Chelsea. It’s not clear whether they’d be aiming for a permanent deal or a temporary stint.
Bakayoko does have two more years left on his Chelsea contract, but his ship at the club has sailed a long time ago. Still, it’s good to see widespread reported interest in him, which will make it not only easier to find him a new home, but ensure that he can happily continue to play at the highest level.