Chelsea will try and sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie as part of the deal which sends Tiemoue Bakayoko the other way, a report claims.
Bakayoko joined Milan in a season-long loan deal over the summer after struggling for adapt to life in the Premier League with Chelsea.
After a tough start with Milan, Bakayoko has now rediscovered the form that first persuaded Chelsea to shell out £35m to sign the midfielder from Monaco in summer 2017 to become one of the Rossoneri’s most consistent performers.
Milan have an option to sign him permanently for €35m and the player has strongly indicated he’s willing to make sure his spell in Italy extends beyond the summer.
Meanwhile, Kessie joined Milan from Atalanta in summer 2017 on a two-year loan with an obligation to buy and while Milan want to make the move permanent, they could be forced to pull the plug on the arrangement.
According to a report last month from il Corriere dello Sport, an offer of €40million (£35.6m) would persuade Atalanta to sell the midfielder, who is also emerging as a target for Chelsea, to a Premier League suitor instead.
Now, the Daily Star claim that Chelsea are now demanding that Kessie is “immediately resold to them if any deal for Bakayoko is to be completed”.
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