Report: Midfielder now expected to leave Chelsea again, former manager has ‘reactivated contact’

Reports are suggesting that Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is expected to move away on loan again.

According to Tutto Mercato, Valencia are keen on a move for the 27-year-old, setting up a reunion with former manager Gennaro Gattuso.

Bakayoko has not spent much of his spell at the club in West London, having four individual loan spells in France and Italy.

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Two of those spells came under Gattuso, with the 44-year-old coaching the midfielder at AC Milan and Napoli.

He joined Chelsea from the impressive Monaco side from 2016/17, which also included Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho and Bernardo Silva. The side reached the Champions League semi-finals, as well as disrupted PSG’s consecutive Ligue 1 reign of terror.

Now, according to Tutto Mercato the Frenchman is back on Gattuso’s radar, as he starts his new job in Spain.

They claim that the manager has already established contact with Bakayoko, with them suggesting that he is destined to leave the Blues on loan again.

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A dismal first season from the France international appears to has tarred the club’s view on the defensive midfielder, although his move away has never been made permanent.

The newly-crowned Serie A champion was originally on a two-year loan deal at the club, however a lack of appearances has seen the Italian side wanting to terminate the deal early.

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Despite showing brief glimpses of being able to strike up a partnership with N’golo Kante, realistically Bakayoko is not up to the standard a midfield role at Chelsea requires.

Most weeks, one of Kante, Jorginho or Mateo Kovacic are not able to start, a fact which would leave the Frenchman way down the pecking order. Not to mention, imminent returns of Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour add another two options Thomas Tuchel is likely to choose over Bakayoko.

The fact the Blues are reportedly fine for him to leave again makes the £40m transfer look like a terrible piece of business, despite the FA Cup win in his only full season at Stamford Bridge.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.