There have been reports over the past few days claiming that Newcastle have been watching out of favor Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is on loan at AC Milan.
Tiemoue Bakayoko – Could be available this summer
Calcio Mercato are now reporting that AC Milan are unlikely to take up their option to buy the French international. That option is reported to be about £31M.
Bakayoko joined Chelsea in the 2017 summer transfer window from Monaco for £36M. As we recall, he had a rough time at Chelsea. There were games where he just seemed lost and had issues adapting to Antonio Conte’s system.
He did make 24 starts in the Premier League as well as 4 in the Champions League. Though, after a preseason under new manager Maurizio Sarri, Bakayoko was sent to AC Milan on loan.
The defensive midfielder has fared much better on the pitch in
Serie A. He has been ever-present for AC Milan making over 40 appearances in total.
However as the Calcio Mercato report indicated, he had some personal issues lately in Italy. Though that may have all arisen from him suffering racial abuse. As an article in Transfermarkt from February shows he was quite happy and hopeful prior to the abuse at Lazio.
Recently he also reportedly had a confrontation with manager Gennaro Gattuso, who we remember as quite the battler himself.
It remains to be seen if Newcastle are really interested in the French midfielder. His career is at a crossroads and he probably will not feature in Sarri’s plans next season at Chelsea.
We believe Rafa and the Geordie fans could definitely get the best out of this player. His current wages are close to £100K per week which could be an issue and we would expect his fee to be in the £20-30M range.
This one is very interesting as he fits the mold at only 24 years old with room to improve. However, his wages and fee could be an issue.