Newcastle United are monitoring the situation surrounding on-loan Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, a report claims.
Bakayoko moved to AC Milan after a poor first season at Chelsea, and he joined the Serie A giants last summer on a 12-month loan deal with a €35million option to buy.
He struggled at the start of his spell at San Siro – even being publicly criticised by Gennaro Gattuso – but hit form after that, which many assumed would make it a formality for Milan to trigger that €35m option.
However, recent reports in the Italian media suggested that Bakayoko was apprehensive about moving to Italy on a permanent basis due to the shocking racial abuse he has received in recent weeks.
The former Monaco man then exchanged expletives with boss Gattuso on the touchline during the first half of Milan’s 2-1 victory over Bologna, all of which had caused their rivals Inter to take note.
Now, a report from the Newcastle Chronicle suggests that Bakayoko may have the option of staying in England as Newcastle are now monitoring the Frenchman’s situation.
A stay at Chelsea next season is perhaps unlikely given that Maurizio Sarri chose to sanction his exit, and the Magpies have apparently sent scouts to watch Bakayoko on multiple occasions.
Owner Mike Ashley is reportedly ready to invest in the squad this summer in order to convince Rafael Benitez to stay at the club, and with uncertainty surrounding Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey, midfield depth is a must.
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