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AC Milan, Chelsea ‘start talks’ with lowball for Tiémoué Bakayoko — report

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Ready, set, negotiate!

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Unwanted Chelsea midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko remains largely unwanted. Teams aren’t exactly bursting down Chelsea’s door for the 26-year-old, even after the Blues reportedly cut the asking price in half, to just €20m.

If we could undo just one transfer window in the last decade, the summer of 2017 would be a prime candidate.

While Chelsea surely have no delusions of being able to recover much of anything from the €40m we deemed wise to give to Monaco back then, with two years still left on Bakayoko’s contract, we will probably want to get a bit more than just €3m in return.

But that is what AC Milan are reportedly offering as a loan fee, knowing that they’re pretty much the only game in town for Bakayoko, who apparently wants to return to the place where he achieved decent success once already on loan a couple season ago (even amid some drama).

Fabrizio Romano claims that Milan’s first bid includes a buy-option of €35m, but that doesn’t mean much these days. Monaco had a buy-option last season as well, and they were in danger of exercising that, especially after COVID-19 hit.

It’s going to take some creative negotiating to extract some non-laughable value out of Bakayoko at this point, especially in a depressed market.