Bakayoko back with Monaco as Chelsea agree loan deal
Chelsea have parted company with Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has returned to former club Monaco on a season-long loan.
The 25-year-old France midfielder joined the Blues from the then-Ligue 1 champions in July 2017, paying a huge figure of £40million to complete the deal, but he has failed to live up to the price tag and the move has not been a success.
Bakayoko struggled to make an impression at Stamford Bridge and was sent on loan to AC Milan last season, in the hope he would get his career back on track and complete a permanent move to the San Siro.
However that move did not work out either. He showed in flashes what he is capable of, which kicked off suggestions that Milan could look to make the move permanent.
But then a fall-out with Rossoneri boss at the time, Gennaro Gattuso, seemed to put an end to that, and Milan did not follow up with a permanent deal over the summer.
Bakayoko returned to Stamford Bridge with his future up in the air, but also with fresh hope that may be he did have a future at the Bridge after all under the leadership of new boss Frank Lampard.
It again became clear that just like his predecessor Maurizio Sarri, Lampard did not really rate Bakayoko either and would be happy to move him on if a club could be found.
Despite the fact that Chelsea are under a transfer embargo and cannot sign players, Lampard felt he had enough talent in his squad to cope without Bakayoko, who was made available for transfer.
A number of clubs had expressed an interest, with Paris Saint-Germain known to be keen, but his former club Monaco were always favourites to do a deal.
And that is how it turned out. He is now back at the Stade Louis II, where he will reunite with head coach Leonardo Jardim and Cesc Fabregas, with whom he played in Chelsea’s FA Cup final-winning team of 2018.
Monaco announced Bakayoko’s arrival on Saturday evening and revealed they have an option to buy the one-cap France international at the end of the loan, if all goes according to plan.
Everyone will now be hoping the move does work out and the French side do take the option to sign him permanently or Chelsea will be back to square one with him this time next year.
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.