Report: Club to hold meetings with Chelsea over midfielder's possible loan termination
AC Milan plan to hold talks with Chelsea and Tiemoue Bakayoko’s representatives over the possibility of early loan termination, according to Calciomercato.
The 27-year-old returned to Milan for a second spell on a two-year-long loan deal last summer.
The deal includes an option to buy reportedly set at around €15-20million (roughly £13-17m) which could turn into an obligation if certain conditions are met.
While neither Chelsea nor Milan specified these conditions, reports in Italy suggested that it is linked with the number of appearances made during the loan period.
There have been speculations in Italy that this is the reason he has started just five times in Serie A this season with Milan not planning to trigger the clause.
Calciomercato claims that Milan want to end the loan deal earlier, instead.
Milan executives, including technical director Paolo Maldini, will reportedly meet Bakayoko’s representatives and Chelsea to talk about a possible early loan termination.
Valencia reportedly interested in Bakayoko amid potential early Chelsea return
The Italian outlet mentioned that Valencia, who are close to appointing Gennaro Gattuso to become their new manager, could provide the solution.
Gattuso already worked with Bakayoko at both Napoli and Milan, and the former Italy international reportedly wants the Chelsea loanee as part of his new team in Spain.
Valencia have reportedly made contacts with Bakayoko’s agents as well.
It is unclear, however, if the Spanish club is willing to pay the £13-17m Chelsea are reportedly demanding for the midfielder.
As it stands, Bakayoko is under contract with the Blues until 2024.