CorSport: Milan hoping to find compromise with Chelsea as midfielder pushes for exit

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are hoping to reach a compromise with Chelsea to facilitate the return of Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to a report.

The Rossoneri continue to be linked with a move for the Frenchman – who had a successful loan spell at San Siro in 2018-19 – as they look for midfield reinforcements ahead of a season back in European competition.

According to a report from il Corriere dello Sport (via MilanLive), Bakayoko has his heart set on a return to Milan so now it is up to them to find an agreement with Chelsea to make the player’s dream come true.

The Blues are asking for around €22million for the sale of Bakayoko, which is much lower than the €35m option to buy that was inserted in the loan deal two years ago.

Milan want to spend as little as possible, given that they will also have to pay the player an annual salary of at least €3m net, so a compromise could be reached on the basis of a loan with a obligation to buy.

Bakayoko’s contract with the Blues expires in June 2022 meaning a loan with option is impossible, because Chelsea do not want to run the risk of welcoming back a player who is one year from contract expiry and with a further reduced valuation.

Whichever way the deal is done, Milan will try to stay below the €20m mark in terms of transfer fee.

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