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Tiémoué Bakayoko likes Sevilla more than they like him — report

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“Unnatural” interest

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According to a report from Estadio Deportivo, a more accurate way of describing Sevilla’s recently reported interest in Chelsea midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko is actually Tiémoué Bakayoko being interested in Sevilla and getting offered to them.

To be fair to Bakayoko, Sevilla were one of several teams reportedly interested in him in recent seasons. Estadio Deportivo claims that they were in fact close to signing the midfielder on a €5m loan with a €30m buy-option last summer, but negotiations fell through thanks to Chelsea’s “rudder touch” steering things off course.

And apparently the two ships have sailed in opposite directions since. Sevilla are no longer seeking a defensive midfielder, with Fernando and Nemanja Gudelj proving good enough. And while Bakayoko has put in several solid performances for Monaco this season, they have not been good enough to justify a €42m buy-option.

Sevilla football director Monchi is said to still like Bakayoko, just as former Sevilla manager Joaquín Caparrós did, but interest in Bakayoko at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium is not really a thing.

Sorry, Tiémoué! Maybe PSG can be convinced?