AC Milan are reportedly lining up a summer bid for Chelsea outcast Tiemoue Bakayoko, who will return to the base after a loan spell at Monaco
Although Bakayoko played a pivotal role in Monaco’s midfield set-up this season, the Ligue 1 giants have opted against triggering his buy-out clause.
Since France’s top-tier ended prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the French midfielder is expected to return to Stamford Bridge soon.
However, Frank Lampard has already deemed Bakayoko surplus to requirements and will look to offload him when the transfer window reopens for business.
Lampard is willing to cash in on one of the biggest flops in Chelsea’s recent history and then reinvest that money in capturing Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz.
West Ham United, who have been leading the race for the Frenchman until recently, could miss out on signing the Blues misfit since Milan reignited interest in their former loanee.
Indeed, as per the latest reports in Italy, the struggling Serie A giants will try to bring Bakayoko back to the San Siro as part of their bid to reshape their midfield department.
The towering box-to-box midfielder enjoyed a stellar 2018/19 season in Italy after a dreadful first year in London, but the Rossoneri refused to redeem Bakayoko for £35million last summer.
However, Milan’s desire to take the Frenchman on another loan with an option to buy could blow this operation, as the Premier League heavyweights prefer an outright transfer.