MN: Milan to use Chelsea’s ambitious plans as leverage to secure €40m midfielder

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are dreaming of uniting Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ismael Bennacer in the midfield ahead of next season, according to a report.

MilanNews reporter Anto Vitiello recalls in his latest editorial how the Frenchman left Milan on good terms after his loan spell from Chelsea last season, and in terms of his characteristics he is the perfect fit for the kind of player that the Rossoneri are chasing.

Monaco will not use their €40m option to buy, so Milan’s idea is to try again in the summer, taking advantage of a fairly favourable contractual situation. The 25-year-old has not had a great year with Monaco and the early closure of the season has led to his valuation dropping even more.

Milan will strategically wait for Bakayoko to return to Chelsea, and they know that he will not stay in London because he is not part of Frank Lampard’s plans.

The ideal conditions will then be created to go to the Blues, who need to sell players after they have targeted a couple of expensive signings, like Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

Milan are ready to bring Bakayoko back, but the player will have to reduce his salary to encourage his return to Italy. He currently receives a salary that far exceeds the parameters imposed by CEO Ivan Gazidis, but he could accept.

Milan dreams of creating a Bennacer-Bakayoko pairing in midfield, as part of Rangnick’s new-look 4-4-2 system.

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