AC Milan could be Chelsea’s best friend before long. The Italians are supposedly keen to sign two Chelsea midfielders that the Blues want to get off their books.
Tiemoue Bakayoko, dreadful at Chelsea, has returned to some form on loan at Milan this season. The Serie A giants are now reportedly willing to make Bakayoko’s loan permanent.
The Blues signed Bakayoko for a hefty £40 million in the summer of 2017. His great reputation following his form at Monaco took a massive hit after an awful first season at Chelsea. Despite his recent upturn, his transfer value will probably be a whole lot less than £40 million now.
Fortunately, Chelsea may still be able to recoup at least most of the original fee they paid for the Frenchman through some clever maneuvering.
Chelsea can use Milan’s additional interest in Cesc Fabregas to their overall advantage.
Milan are not willing to pay more than a couple of million to sign Fabregas IN January. The Spaniards is out of contract in July so Milan can easily wait until then and sign him for free.
But a package deal in which Milan would sign both players permanently in January might appeal to them and allow Chelsea to make the most money.
Instead of arguing with Milan about whether Bakayoko should cost £25 million or £28 million and instead of asking Milan to pay £3 million for Fabregas right now, Chelsea could simply ask for £40 million for the pair of them right now.
This way, the Blues would get their money back for Bakayoko while getting rid of a player who is clearly not up to it at the very top level. They would also get Fabregas’ £200,000 a week off the wage bill. He is a player who, while once great, no longer has the legs to play for a side like Chelsea. Both need to go, so the more money that can be made, the better.