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AC Milan want Tiémoué Bakayoko to reduce his wage demands — report

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Tiémoué Bakayoko is still held in high regards at AC Milan after his season on loan there last year, and the Rossoneri are keen on bringing the midfielder back to San Siro.

According to Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), the Milan hierarchy know that Bakayoko is unwanted at Chelsea and not part of Frank Lampard’s short-term or long-term plans, and they want to take advantage of this situation. Milan want to pair the Chelsea midfielder with the impressive Ismaël Bennacer to form a solid partnership, and are willing to let the likes of Franck Kessié leave in order to make it happen.

Signing Bakayoko won’t be easy though, as Chelsea are apparently still insisting on the €42m asking price — the same as his buy-option at AS Monaco, which was not exercised. However, the bigger problem is Bakayoko’s wages. The 25-year-old earns close to €6m per year, so for any move to take place, Bakayoko may have to greatly lower his wage demands.

AC Milan should be confirming the appointment of new manager Ralf Rangnick soon, which should see them start making progress on the transfer front as well.