Tiémoué Bakayoko started off strongly in his loan stint at Napoli, with his good performances early in the season even generating rumors about the Serie A side potentially signing the 26-year-old on a permanent deal. While there is no buy-option built into Bakayoko’s loan deal, there is supposedly an informal agreement for around €18m.
However, Bakayoko’s form appears to have taken a turn for the worse — (ed.note: certainly not a new paradigm for the inconsistent midfielder) — with his recent showings branded “disappointing” and Napoli don’t share the same enthusiasm towards signing him now that they did earlier. According to Tutto Napoli and Area Napoli, Bakayoko’s shaky moments far outweigh his good performances, with his injuries and lapses in concentration deemed to be the major negative factors.
His mistakes in the matches against AC Milan and Sassuolo have been highlighted, with Bakayoko having lost his sense of “serenity” as the season’s progressed. He has only started three of the last eight league games, which is a far cry from his early season status as a mainstay in the starting eleven. Bakayoko’s biggest proponent at Napoli has been the manager, Gennaro Gattuso, but with his future in doubt as well, it’s hard to see the Chelsea loanee staying beyond this season.
Bakayoko’s contract with Chelsea expires in 2022. It’s hard to see anyone coughing up anywhere close to the €40m that we paid to Monaco back in 2017, but options may be greatly limited especially in this current economy, so we might just have to be happy with any sort of transfer we might be able to arrange.