Thursday, April 30, 2020

Bakayoko set for Chelsea return

Tiemoue Bakayoko is set to return to Chelsea this summer as Monaco have opted not to trigger their option to buy the midfielder.

Following the announcement on Tuesday that the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season has been cancelled, the France international will return to his parent club.

Having sent Bakayoko out on loan to his former side, Chelsea inserted a €42.5 million (£38m/$46m) option to buy clause in the agreement reached last summer, but the provincial club have informed the Blues that they will not pay anywhere near their asking price.

It had been hoped when the deal was agreed that there would be significant room for negotiation on the Stade Louis II side.

However, with football now called off in France and teams affected by a lack of funds from broadcasting rights and sponsorship deals, no such talks will take place.

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