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

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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.

And, after Gianluca Di Marzio initially revealed that AC Milan were one of a number of clubs expressing an interest in Bakayoko’s signature two weeks ago, the Sky Italia reporter has this evening confirmed that talks between the clubs are back underway, with the Rossoneri hopeful of clinching a loan deal with an option to buy next summer.

Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso is known to be in the market for midfield additions this summer, and, with the club’s sporting director, Leonardo, having confirmed over the weekend that the Diavolo are working on a tight budget, a deal which would allow the Milanese giants to avail of a player’s services immediately but pay next summer would be the ideal scenario as things stand.

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