AC Milan are ready to complete the permanent transfer of Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to reports in Italy.
The French midfielder, 24, joined the Blues from Monaco in 2017 for a whopping £40million – but failed to shine in his first season at the club.
Bakayoko- at the time Chelsea’s second-most expensive player ever – was shipped off on loan to Milan last summer.
The centre-mid has played 30 times already this season for Milan, including 20 Serie A appearances.
Now, the Serie A giants are willing to sell Manuel Locatelli to Sassuolo in order to free up funds to sign the Blues flop and avoid Financial Fair Play pressure.
Locatelli is currently on loan at Sassuolo, but it’s thought the minnows have an obligation to buy.
The £10million AC Milan are set to recoup will go straight to Chelsea in a bid to land Bakayoko on a permanent deal after his impressive 2018-19 campaign.
But things may not be so easy for the big-spending Italians.
After all, Chelsea are set to face a two-window transfer ban and may be forced to turn to their loan ranger – including Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata – for reinforcements.
However, the Blues are set to appeal the ban which could allow them to make signings this summer before being banned until January 2021.
Last month, Bakayoko opened up on his hellish time in West London – claiming the club “didn’t want him”.
The one-cap France star admitted: “I left Chelsea because I felt that the club did not want me anymore.
“Of course, I was sorry. I’ve been there for a year, it did not go as I had expected.
“[Leaving Chelsea] was a simple and difficult decision at the same time to be taken because Chelsea are Chelsea and I do not think I have shown my skills, so it is unpleasant.
“It was an easy decision instead because I do not think the coach was counting on me and Milan is difficult to refuse.
“What went wrong at Chelsea? Everything was going right up to a particular moment.
“It was not a simple thing to live and it was probably my first hard time in my career: To be in a club that does not want you for the following season.”