A member of Tiemoue Bakayoko’s entourage has lifted the lid on how the midfielder ended up joining Napoli during the summer transfer window.
After weeks and months of speculation regarding a potential return to the San Siro for Bakayoko, it was confirmed that the 26-year-old will indeed be playing his football in Italy this season but not with Milan as he joined Napoli on loan.
Vito Angele reported on Twitter recently that Bakayoko was ‘angry’ with Milan, because he was told to wait. With Krunic’s exit, which then did not materialise, Bakayoko should have returned to Milan.
Bakayoko decided not to listen to any offers until the last week of the transfer market when Milan decided to let him go elsewhere.
Pasquale Sensibile spoke to Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli about sealing the move to Napoli, with his comments transcribed by Area Napoli.
“This was an operation born and closed in a short time. For several weeks Tiémoué was on the lips of other top-level clubs, he has always trained with the second Chelsea team,” he said.
“I often joked with Federico Pastorello about the great level of the Londoners’ reserves, they could compete for the Europa League.
“Now he finds Gattuso. A player of great international experience that the club has made available to the coach.
“It is a sign of consistency that Napoli has given on the market, physically and tactically Bakayoko is not discussed and he inserts into a project that has always maintained a technical logic.
“I feel like complimenting the signing. Napoli have taken on a strong player, who played for Chelsea, Milan, Monaco.
“[Bakayoko] starting against Atalanta on Saturday? He didn’t miss anything, facing Atalanta would be very stimulating for the boy. Gattuso knows what he can give him.”