Tuttosport: Milan keep talks alive with Chelsea over Bakayoko – what could unlock the deal

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have not given up on their hopes of signing Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea before the end of the window, a report claims.

According to Friday’s edition of Tuttosport (via MilanNews), the signing of Sandro Tonali means that signing another defensive midfielder is not an absolute necessity, but it is still something that the management want to do in order to strengthen the rotation options available to Stefano Pioli.

As a result, Milan have kept contacts with Chelsea alive for Bakayoko, despite the negotiation is experiencing a long stalemate. The newspaper claims that the sale of Rade Krunic could unblock the issue, as Bundesliga side Freiburg have offered a total of €8m (€6m plus €2m in bonuses) for the Bosnian.

They would like a definitive answer in the next few hours given that Milan are now through to the third qualifying round of the Europa League, but the offer from the Bundesliga club would mean that Milan would make a capital gain if the bonuses were triggered.

With Krunic’s farewell the Rossoneri could work on the Bakayoko operation with greater “economic strength”.

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