Encouraging signs have come from France regarding the possibility of a return to Milan for Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The Frenchman has been repeatedly linked with a return to the Rossoneri ever since his successful loan spell at the club in the 2018-19 season, and that speculation has intensified after it was confirmed Monaco will not be using their €42m option to make his move from Chelsea permanent.
According to the latest from Le10Sport, Bakayoko is not part of Frank Lampard’s plans and is ‘very attracted’ by the idea of returning to Milan two years after his first arrival at San Siro.
It is a significant opening, but it also depends on Paris Saint-Germain, who are on the trail of the 25-year-old and have opened talks with Chelsea over a move.
If PSG do not get the deal over the line – and it is believed that Bakayoko is not their primary target – Milan would automatically become the first choice.
The economic side is more complex. Chelsea will lower their demands from the €42m, but his €6m-a-year salary is an amount Milan cannot pay.