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Chelsea working to terminate Tiemoue Bakayoko’s contract

Chelsea working to terminate Tiemoue Bakayoko’s contract

Chelsea are working to terminate Tiemoue Bakayoko’s contract after a disastrous loan spell at AC Milan, according to the Evening Standard.

The Blues are willing to let the Frenchman leave on a free transfer despite forking out £35 million to snap him up from AS Monaco in 2017.

Bakayoko joined Milan on a two-year loan deal in 2021, but he has struggled to break into Stefano Pioli’s first team, and his game-time situation has not changed.

The 28-year-old has been stuck as an unused substitute in Italy as Milan are trying to avoid triggering an automatic purchase clause inserted in his loan deal.

Milan’s buy option is based on appearances. The one-time France international needs to reach 15 appearances across the two-year loan stint which will see Milan automatically sign him permanently for £13m.

However, Bakayoko has not featured for the Serie A title holders since May last season. He played 18 times in all competitions last term but has failed to register a single appearance this campaign as the Rossoneri look to manoeuvre that clause.

Neither Milan nor his parent club Chelsea have an interest in Bakayoko’s long-term future and are watching his transfer value rapidly spiral downwards.

He is not in Graham Potter’s plans despite Chelsea’s midfield problems, and if the club does not part ways with him soon, he will return for a final season at Stamford Bridge on a £120,000-a-week salary package.

The Blues are looking to strengthen the midfield, and severing ties with Bakayoko will save them some money that can be reinvested into fresh recruits.

Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez, but the World Cup sensation will command an astronomical figure.

Brighton & Hove Albion duo Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo have also been mentioned, but nothing has developed on that front.

Talks are ongoing over the termination of Bakayoko’s contract, but Chelsea will have to pay him around £9m in compensation fees for his premature departure.

Several clubs have reportedly registered interest in the former Stade Rennais man, but his enormous wage demands have scared off potential suitors.

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