Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly in talks with Chelsea over a potential loan deal for out-of-favour midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Frank Lampard has made it clear the 26-year-old isn’t in his plans for the 2020/21 season as the midfielder was left out without a squad number.
A return to his home country, France, could be on the cards for Bakayoko with PSG sporting director Leonardo leading talks with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, according to a report from Goal.
The report states the Ligue 1 champions would like to bring in Bakayoko on loan with an option to buy.
But while Chelsea could accept a deal with a €3 million (£2.7 million) loan fee, it’s thought they would prefer to move the France international on permanently or at least include an obligation to buy in the deal.
Bakayoko arrived at Stamford Bridge from Monaco in 2017 and has two years left on his contract.
It makes sense for Chelsea to avoid a repeat of last season’s situation in which Monaco refused to trigger the option to buy in Bakayoko’s loan deal, leaving the London club with an “unwanted” player.
The report also mentions AC Milan as another potential destination for Bakayoko, although the Italians are currently behind PSG in the race.
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel refused to make a concrete statement when asked about potential deals for Bakayoko and another Chelsea player, Antonio Rudiger. However, he didn’t exactly rule out the club’s interest either.
Speaking at a press conference at the weekend, Tuchel told the media (via Goal): “I can only say the club knows my opinion.
“They know my analysis and that of my staff. I wait. The transfer window is not over.
“The situation is not easy, but we still have a little bit of time.”