Bakayoko is free to leave Stamford Bridge this summer as he isn't considered part of Frank Lampard's plans. The midfielder spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Milan before joining former club Monaco temporarily for the following campaign. He started 20 of the Ligue 1 side's 28 league games before their season was ended prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Monaco had the option to make Bakayoko's loan move permanent for around €42.5m, but they decided against it. With the Blues looking to offload the 26-year-old this summer, a number of clubs have shown an interest - notably Milan.
It has previously been suggested Bakayoko is keen on moving back to Milan and is willing to take a pay cut to make it happen, while Chelsea were prepared to lower their asking price to just £20m to encourage the Serie A outfit to make a move. However, Fabrizio Romano has now reported that the Rossoneri are close to finalising a loan deal for the Frenchman.
Milan are expected to pay €3m for the loan, while they will have the option to make the transfer permanent for €30m. The two clubs remain in contact as they look to finalise the agreement and iron out the finer details.
Bakayoko is said to be earning around £100,000 a week at Chelsea, with just under two years remaining on his current contract. The Premier League club will have been keen to offload him on a permanent basis this summer in order to raise funds, but it appears as though they will have to settle for a loan for the upcoming season.
Milan have shown an interest in a number of other defensive midfielders. They are said to be close to agreeing a loan-to-buy deal with Brescia for Sandro Tonali, while Benfica's Florentino Luis has also been mentioned a number of times recently.
Source : 90min