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Chelsea, AC Milan agree complicated two-year loan for Bakayoko — reports

Rocket science, on loan

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The one thing everyone seems to agree on is that Tiémoué Bakayoko will be spending at least next season on loan at AC Milan. This deal has been in the works for a while, though it was always expected to be closing only very late in the window, presumably to take advantage of Chelsea’s desperation and lack of leverage in this situation.

That time is nigh.

But what still seems rather unclear right now is on what terms said loan will be happening. After a week of meetings, what looks to be happening is a two-year loan with an option to buy, which might turn into an obligation to buy depending on certain unnamed conditions.

That’s the latest information gathered by Sempre Milan, updating previous reports from the usual Oracles, who were all reporting just a one-year loan before.

Since it’s a two-year loan, Chelsea will be extending Bakayoko’s contract to 2024, instead of 2023, to give us some transfer value protection. The buy-option/obligation is expected to be around €15-20m, with a loan fee to begin things at around €500k, but maybe as high as €1.5m.

As things stand, the deal is expected to finalize by the end of the weekend, and not a second too soon with the window closing on Tuesday.