CM: Milan have ‘regret’ over not exercising €35m option on Chelsea midfielder

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have regrets about not signing midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on a permanent basis, according to a report.

The Frenchman spent last season on loan at Milan having been frozen out by Chelsea, and after a difficult start head coach Gennaro Gattuso managed to turn Bakayoko into one of the most consistent performers.

The Rossoneri had an option to sign him permanently for €35million however they chose not to exercise that, likely due to uncertainty regarding Gattuso’s position and the overhaul in the management which saw three new directors appointed.

English outlet The Sun even claimed in August that Bakayoko wanted a return to San Siro, but in the end he moved to Ligue 1 side Monaco on loan.

According to, Bakayoko is a midfielder that to Milan are missing at the moment as he ‘guaranteed great protection’ – something which seems to be lacking now.

Their report claims that the reasons for the non-redemption are purely economic, but that it is a ‘regret’ that he wasn’t able to join permanently.

Bruno Longhi, a well-known sports journalist, spoke to Radio Sportiva on Monday about Bakayoko.

“The reason why Tiemoué Bakayoko was not redeemed by Milan is purely economic, because he had shown to have so much strength on the field,” he said, as per

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