Tiemoue Bakayoko’s agent confirmed plans to make a return to Chelsea for next season now that his loan deal at AC Milan has ended.
Following a disastrous debut campaign, Bakayoko swapped Chelsea for Milan last summer in a season-long loan deal.
The 24-year-old midfielder’s start to life at the San Siro, however, didn’t go smoothly. In fact, Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso even publicly called him out after a disappointing beginning.
But Bakayoko eventually did rediscover his A-game in Italy and became an important member of the Milan team. He ended up making a total of 42 appearances in all competitions and seemed set to make his stay a permanent one in the summer.
However, Milan stunned everybody by announcing they will not be taking up their €35m buy option for the one-time France international. Instead, the Serie A giants plan to pursue other midfield targets.
Although another possible reason for this could be down to their failure to secure a Serie A top-four finish. This means there will be no Champions League football next season and, therefore, a loss of vital income.
Nonetheless, Bakayoko hasn’t been short of offers after his impressive campaign in Italy. Several media outlets have speculated that Chelsea could loan him out again for next term.
But the Frenchman’s brother and agent, Abdoulaye Bakayoko, has refuted these claims and revealed the plan is to return to Stamford Bridge.
“There are some quite interesting clubs, some quite big ones who have made enquiries, but we are giving our priority to Chelsea,” he told L’Equipe.
“We know already, there is Champions’ League and stability. Tiemoue has decided to stay.”
Depending on the outcome of Chelsea’s attempt to overturn FIFA’s two-transfer window ban, Bakayoko’s decision to return in London could be a welcome relief for the Blues.