Despite negotiations having been ongoing for weeks, AC Milan seem no closer to being able to announce the return of Tiemoue Bakayoko.
According to il Corriere della Sera (via MilanLive), the Frenchman is putting pressure on Chelsea to let him return to the Rossoneri. He refused a move to the Crystal Palace because his priority is to play for Milan again.
In order for the move to go through, the Blues must soften their stance on the option to buy figure. So far, they have indicated that they will only fix it at €30million, while Paolo Maldini has proposed a sum closer to €20m. There is room to find an agreement, perhaps by including bonuses in the operation.
Milan are also considering alternatives, but signing either Florentino Luis of Benfica and Boubakary Soumaré of Lille is not at all easy. For the latter, the idea of a loan formula with option is not feasible.
The lack of agreement for Bakayoko keeps the sale of Rade Krunic on stand-by, for whom an offer of about €8m has arrived from Freiburg.
The Rossoneri intend to wait for the Europa League preliminary before selling the former Empoli midfielder. Then the money from its sale could help close for the purchase of a new reinforcement.