Negotiations between AC Milan and Chelsea for Tiemoue Bakayoko have been one of the biggest soap operas of the transfer market campaign. There have been ups and downs in talks and it remains uncertain when a decisive breakthrough could occur, one way or another.
According to today’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport (via milannews.it), talks between both clubs have hit a stalemate. The reason for this is that Milan and Chelsea can’t agree on the buy-out option set in the contract after an initial one-year loan. The Blues want 30 million euros, while the Rossoneri are willing to offer a maximum of 25 million.
The Milanese paper, however, reaffirms that Milan are in no hurry to conclude the deal, as the signing of Sandro Tonali gave the club some breathing space. The distance between the two clubs is not unbridgeable and eventually, Chelsea could be forced to accept Milan’s offer for the French midfielder.
Nevertheless, Milan have already thought of alternative in case Bakayoko’s arrival does not materialize. The two names considered are Florentino Luis and Boubakary Soumaré.
The Portuguese youngster is rated very highly by Benfica, while the Lille midfielder is more affordable. The number one goal, however, remains Bakayoko, as Milan are trying to put an end to the transfer market soap opera.