Chelsea's home ground Stamford Bridge, (c) Soccrates Images.

Serie A giants look to land Chelsea midfielder on a permanent deal

Chelsea are open to making some sales after spending big in the summer. The Blues may part ways with a midfielder who is already out on loan.

Chelsea landed Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco in 2017 at the back of a solid season. The midfielder was one of the key players for Leonardo Jardim’s side which beat Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 crown and advanced all the way to the Champions League semi-final in the 2016/17 season.

Unfortunately, the player has failed to live up to expectations in west London after committing to a five-year deal after arriving. N’Golo Kante proved to be too good a competitor to Bakayoko and he was subsequently sent out on loan spells, his most recent one being in the Serie A with Napoli.

Bakayoko has done a good job at the Stadio San Paolo this season and has featured in six Serie A fixtures already. With one assist to his name as well, the 26-year-old’s contribution has been fruitful for the Italians who currently sit third in the country’s top-flight. According to reports, the club is interested in signing the midfielder from Chelsea.

Gennaro Gattuso has managed to ensure that the Frenchman thrives under his system and thus, even the player is open to a permanent move to Naples. With that said, the former AC Milan loanee’s transfer to his next destination depends on the former AC Milan manager’s future and all signs are pointing towards the latter staying for longer.

In the ongoing deal, there is no option to buy at Napoli’s disposal but there is reportedly a verbal agreement with Chelsea over an 18-million-euro price tag should the Italian outfit wish to purchase the player. The evaluation still falls short of the 30 million that Chelsea were looking for, but the deal may go through.

The Ligue 1 winner seems to have no future at the Stamford Bridge, especially following their latest squad revamp and a move to Serie A may be his best option. Given that Bakayoko is a defensive-minded player, his likelihood of being successful in the Italian top-flight is high since it’s a very defensive league.