Tiémoué Bakayoko’s long-anticipated return to Milan is inching closer, with reports this weekend of “positive talks” between the two teams over a loan with an option to buy. But of course it’s a loan with an option to buy.
The specifics of the deal in question were reported a couple weeks ago, and presumably they remain in the same or at least in the same ballpark: €3m loan fee with a €35m buy-option. That’s not exactly ideal — we’re looking to jettison the surplus, not just keep shuffling them around from loan destination to loan destination — but it’ll do for now. Bakayoko does have two years left on his Chelsea contract still.
The 26-year-old midfielder spent a productive year in Milan a couple seasons ago, and both he and the Rossoneri will be hoping that he can do so again, both in their Serie A campaign as well as their European return in the Europa League following an exclusion due to FFP violations.
AC Milan are getting closer to Tiemoué Bakayoko. Positive talks on last hours with Chelsea - it’d be a loan with buy option in June 2021, confirmed. Bakayoko wants to come back and personal terms agreed. Work in progress. ⚫️ @DiMarzio @SkySport #Milan #Bakayoko #Chelsea #CFC https://t.co/YlYaBDF3Mn— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 22, 2020