0 apps since 2018, 4 loan moves – Chelsea must sell 27 y/o if loan is cut short [Opinion]

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Tiemoué Bakayoko has been surplus to requirements at Chelsea since 2018, but he remains on the books as no suitor has been willing to meet his asking price. The Blues paid £40m in 2017 and agreed £110k-per-week/£5.7m-a-year in wages but were open to selling him for £20m last summer, so they’re resigned to take a loss.

The lack of interest in recent years left Chelsea with no choice but to loan Bakayoko out, as he was unwilling to waste away on the bench. The 27-year-old has played for AC Milan (August 2018 – June 2019) (August 2021 – present), Monaco (August 2019 – June 2020) and Napoli (October 2020 – June 2021) without impressing, however, so his stock is lower than ever.

Bakayoko returned to Milan last summer and had the option to join permanently if he impressed, but he’s been on the periphery for most of the 2021/22 campaign, so it’s unlikely he’ll join the Rossoneri permanently.

The French international has made only 17/41 appearances and amassed just 597/3690 minutes of playing time this season, due to Sandro Tonali, Ismaël Bennacer and Franck Kessié being ahead in the pecking order.

Bakayoko has another 12 months on his loan deal at Milan, but Krishan Davis and Graeme Bailey of 90min believe his move will be cut short, meaning he’ll return to Stamford Bridge in the coming months. The 27-year-old will surely be sold when the transfer window opens, as Chelsea will be desperate to trim his salary from the wage bill and make back some of the money spent.

The 27-year-old joined Chelsea from AS Monaco in 2017 and has gone on to make 43 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals with three assists, but he hasn’t played for the Blues in four years – Bakayoko’s last appearance for Chelsea came in May 2018’s FA Cup final win over Manchester United. It doesn’t seem he will add to that.