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PSG ‘open talks’ with Soualiho Meïté as Tiémoué Bakayoko alternative — report

Always have a backup plan

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According to L’Equipe (via GFFN), PSG are considering Torino’s Soualiho Meïté as a fallback option in case their pursuit of Tiémoué Bakayoko is unsuccessful.

PSG have been on the Bakayoko track for months now, but are unwilling to meet Chelsea’s asking price for the midfielder. The pandemic has affected the finances of even the mighty Parisian club, who are taking a much more sensible approach in the transfer market this summer, and are trying to raise €60m in transfer sales before the end of this window.

PSG are trying a similar approach with Meïté as with Bakayoko, attempting to get him on loan with a buy option. However, just like Chelsea, Torino want a more permanent move, and are asking for €25m in transfer fees.

PSG represent one of the last feasible options for us to offload Bakayoko, and it would probably be in our best interest to reach a compromise, lest PSG change their mind and Bakayoko gets stuck at Chelsea until the next transfer window.