Di Marzio: AC Milan make fresh contact for Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko

As per a report from reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Serie A outfit AC Milan have reignited talks with Chelsea over a move for Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Struggles

Bakayoko, a 23-year-old defensive midfielder, made the move to Stamford Bridge last summer for £40 million, following a breakout campaign during Monaco’s shock Ligue 1 title-winning season in 2016/17.

However, despite the Blues having beaten off the competition of a number of European heavyweights to secure his signature, and the French international having arrived in London with hefty expectations on his shoulders, Bakayoko’s debut campaign in England proved, overall, a major disappointment.

Though he managed a respectable 24 Premier League starts, the Rennes youth product ultimately flattered to deceive, often looking lost at the base of Chelsea’s midfield while showcasing both a rashness out of possession and clumsiness on the ball.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 31: Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea holds off Jordon Ibe of Bournemouth as Ngolo Kante of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea and AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on January 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

San Siro bound?

As such, there have unsurprisingly already been widespread claims that Bakayoko could be on the move this summer, after just a solitary campaign in England.

Chelsea have plenty of strength in depth in midfield, with new signing Jorginho likely to partner N’Golo Kante under Maurizio Sarri.

In addition, there are the likes of Ruben Loftus Cheek and Cesc Fabregas available to Sarri, who does not usually play too many defensive midfielders.

With Chelsea also linked with a loan move for Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid, the chances of Tiemoue Bakayoko staying look increasingly unlikely.

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