Chelsea ready to 'consider offers' for £40m flop

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Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, amid interest from both AC Milan and Paris-Saint Germain.

The France international was shipped out on loan to Milan last term after a far from impressive opening season in west London, where he failed to live up to his hefty £40m price tag following his move from Monaco in 2017.

Bakayoko has since returned from his spell in Italy, featuring for Chelsea throughout pre-season, but has reportedly failed to impress new Blues boss Frank Lampard.

It looks as though the club are now keen to offload the midfielder, who has previously hinted at a 'dream move' to French champions PSG.

However, having just signed Idrissa Gueye from Everton for £28m, it is now extremely unlikely that the Parisians would make a move for the former Monaco midfielder.

His best chance of a move away now lies in the hands of AC Milan - the club in which he turned out 42 times for during last season.

The Italians are thought to be monitoring Bakayoko's situation, and with Gennaro Gattuso now replaced by Marco Giampaolo in the San Siro hot seat, a permanent move for the 24-year-old could well be on the cards.

Bakayoko clashed with former boss Gattuso last term, telling the Italian to "f**k off" in a touchline row against Bologna in May.

When speaking to French news outlet l'Equipe, the midfielder said that he had a "complicated relationship" with Gattuso and that they "didn't understand each other".

Had the 41-year-old remained in charge of Milan, a permanent deal would have almost certainly not been an option.

Due to Chelsea's current transfer situation, though, Bakayoko is expected to remain at Stamford Bridge as backup to N'Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovačić and Jorginho in the heart of the Blues midfield.

Danny Drinkwater could also be given a fresh chance to prove his worth under Frank Lampard, which makes the competition for places in Chelsea's midfield even harder for Bakayoko.

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