Tiemoue Bakayoko’s agent Andy Bara has opened up about the midfielder’s desire to return to AC Milan this summer, amid uncertainty over his future at Chelsea.
Technically, the 26-year-old is still a loanee at Napoli, but the loan deal will soon expire at the end of this month.
Both him and Chelsea will then have to make a decision about his future.
According to an earlier report by The Guardian, Thomas Tuchel will use the pre-season as an opportunity to assess Bakayoko, as well as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as a potential addition to his squad if Billy Gilmour leaves on loan.
Obviously, there is always a possibility that Tuchel might like him and therefore urge Chelsea to offer him a new contract, but as it stands, it remains unlikely.
The France international has now entered the final of year of his contract at the club and at this point, a summer exit would be the likeliest outcome.
Bakayoko interested in joining Milan, his agent suggests
Amid reported interest from Milan (Sky Sports), Bakayoko’s agent Bara has even said that the player is keen on a San Siro return, where he spent a season on loan in 2018/19.
“It’s possible. Milan are looking for a player with his characteristics and it’s likely that they could make a proposal,” the agent told Calciomercato.
“At the moment Timoue is a Chelsea player, but there is a possibility of changing shirt and going to an Italian team.
“Milan are a great team and if the opportunity arises we will do everything possible to bring him to the Rossoneri.
“[Paolo] Maldini and [Frederic] Massara know him, they know what he can give.”
Chelsea ‘will set’ Bakayoko price tag
As expected, if Bakayoko leaves this summer, it will almost certainly be on a permanent deal.
“I don’t think he will leave on loan like he did with Napoli, his contract doesn’t allow that,” Bara responded when asked about Chelsea’s demand for Bakayoko.
“I don’t know the price at the moment, I don’t decide on that, and it wouldn’t be serious to talk about that. Chelsea will set the price.”
The aforementioned Sky Sports’ report also mentioned that Milan are also interested in two other Chelsea players; Olivier Giroud and Hakim Ziyech.
Interestingly, Bara refuses to rule out a possible triple transfer swoop.
“AC Milan and Chelsea are friendly clubs, if they want to do something I’m sure it will happen in the end,” he added.