Chelsea-owned midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko would like to return to Milan this summer, a report claims, but there are two hurdles to overcome.
As Tuttosport reports on Monday (via MilanLive), news have filtered from the player’s entourage that the Frenchman wishes to have a second spell with the Rossoneri after impressing on loan under Gennaro Gattuso in 2018-19.
In addition to this, prospective new manager Ralf Rangnick has already given the green light for Milan to pursue Bakayoko as he is a player that the German appreciates both for his characteristics and international experience.
However, there are two issues at present, both of which are economic. Milan have long since entered a phase of austerity which requires them to improve their accounts in relation to Financial Fair Play.
As a result, Elliott Management want to impose a salary cap of €3m per year per player. Bakayoko, on the other hand, boasts a salary of €6.5m-a-year, and even if he agreed to take a cut there is the problem of his transfer fee.
Chelsea asked for €35million to buy the player outright after his loan at Milan, and while his value is now slightly lower it is not low by any means, while Milan’s budget ranges between €75-80million.