GdS: Why Milan fell short in their summer pursuit of out-of-favour Chelsea duo

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan pursued two Chelsea players during the summer transfer window but in the end they were unable to get a deal over the line for either.

La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Stefano Boldrini spoke to MilanNews about the Rossoneri’s pursuit of two players deemed to be outside the project of the English club.

He highlights how difficult Chelsea are to deal with as a selling club and even though it seemed a number of different players were set to leave like Emerson, Alonso and Kante, in the end none of them went.

For Bakayoko, the Blues asked for a high amount on the option to buy and Milan were not willing to pay it, in fact nobody was. That is why in the end he moved to Napoli on a dry loan, with Chelsea preferring to hold an asset than sell for a big loss.

Rudiger’s situation is different however. He has only recently become out of flavour due to two injuries in quick succession and although he is behind Thiago Silva and Zouma in the pecking order, Lampard still likes the player.

Nonetheless, Lampard also knows that Rudiger would not take well to being a bench player as he could start at any of Milan, Roma or even even Barcelona who were all interested. He could leave in January instead, but it is too early to tell.

 

Tags AC Milan Antonio Rudiger Tiemoue Bakayoko