AC Milan are reportedly close to finalizing a deal for Chelsea midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko as per the report in the Italian outlet TRANSFERmarketWEB.
The former Blues manager Antonio Conte signed the 27-year-old back in 2017 from AS Monaco for around €40 million. The midfielder made 29 appearances in the Premier League in his debut season under Conte, scoring two goals and assisting two times as well. However, the Frenchman has struggled to find regular first-team action since at Stamford Bridge and was sent out on loan several times.
According to the report, Milan had a meeting with the entourage of Bakayoko last night and the talks were positive between the two parties. Following a positive talk with the player’s representatives, the Rossoneri are ready to start new negotiations with the Premier League giants to finalize a deal.
The Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio also echoed the news and stated that the deal is now very close. The Rossoneri are looking for an initial loan move with an option to buy. The Serie A giants are hoping that the Blues will accept this proposal for the Frenchman.
Milan ready to sign Bakayoko:
Signing Bakayoko will be an excellent acquisition for Milan. Stefano Pioli’s side struggled with injuries last season. And the consequences of that Franck Kessie had to play almost every game of the last season.
With Kessie injured for the start of the season and Ismael Bennacer who has not reached full fitness yet, the Rossoneri boss had to use Sandro Tonali and Rade Krunic in midfield pivot. Despite the 1-0 win against Sampdoria, Pioli’s side did not look convincing with those two in midfield.
So, Bakayoko will provide a quality alternative for Milan. After securing the Champions League spot this season, the Serie A giants will need to add strength in depth to achieve the objectives in both competitions. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how the young Milan side perform in this campaign.
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