Bakayoko completes medical ahead of AC Milan loan switch
After failing to make an impression at Stamford Bridge, the 23-year-old is set to complete a move to San Siro
Tiemoue Bakayoko has undergone his AC Milan medical as he prepares to complete a move away from Chelsea, Goal can confirm.
The one-time capped France international had a tough year with the Blues, during which he failed to impose himself under Antonio Conte.
As such, the Serie A side are keen to whisk the former Monaco man away from the Stamford Bridge side on a loan deal valued at €5 million (£4.5m/$5.7m). As confirmed by Goal on Sunday, should they wish to keep him at the end of the season, they will pay another €35m to Chelsea, taking the value of the deal to €40m in total.
He signed for Chelsea last summer for a fee of £40 million after Nemanja Matic was sold to Manchester United, but despite an impressive campaign for Monaco as they won the 2016-17 Ligue 1 title, he was unable to replicate that level in England.
He is not the only Chelsea midfielder who could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge before the majority of Europe closes its transfer window at the end of August. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Drinkwater could also move away, though it would have to be abroad as the Premier League deadline was August 9.
After being dismissed against West Brom in February, he was used more sparingly by Conte, although he did start four of the last five Premier League matches of the season and played the duration of the FA Cup final, in which Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0.
His form, though, was not sufficient to win a place in France’s World Cup squad, in which club-mate N’Golo Kante played a starring role as Les Bleus claimed their first title since 1998.