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The process of moving Tiemoue Bakayoko to AC Milan is a little more materialized. Most recently, the French midfielder is said to be ready to accept pay cuts at the club nicknamed Rossoneri.
Bakayoko has been known as a Chelsea player since the summer of 2017, when the Blues were still coached by Antonio Conte. When the Italian coach was sacked a year later, Bakayoko’s fate at Stamford Bridge became unclear.
Bakayoko was loaned to AC Milan in the 2018/19 season. Although the Rossoneri performed 42 times per season, they decided not to make them permanent because of the rather expensive price tag of 40 million euros.
Bakayoko was then loaned to AS Monaco, the club that got his name. The 26-year-old played 23 games before football was stopped in France due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, as the new season begins, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea manager doesn’t seem to need his services anymore. He was about to be released. And Milan is ready to take it up again.
According to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, talks between Milan and Chelsea over Bakayoko are well advanced. Sky Sport Italia said Bakayoko is ready to cut his salary so he can go to San Siro.
No kidding, the cut hit 50 percent. Of those who originally received a € 6 million salary, Bakayoko was ready to get just € 3 million in Milan. The plan, it will be loaned for one season with the option to be permanent for 30 million euros.
Bakayoko in Milan in the 2018/19 season. Photo: Daniele Mascolo / Reuters
That price doesn’t make Chelsea lose much when you consider that Bakayoko’s contract with the Blues only runs until 2022 and it was bought by Monaco for € 40million. Negotiations are still ongoing and an agreement is expected to be reached in the next few days.
Bakayoko is best known as a player who was part of the golden era of Monaco in the 2016/17 season, when the little kingdom club managed to surprise the public by winning the French league and reaching the Champions League semi-finals .
After that season, their squad was picked up by major European clubs, especially young players. In addition to Bakayoko, who went to Chelsea, there was also Fabinho (Liverpool), Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid) and Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain).
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