Chelsea “ are set to lose £ 24m to Tiemoue Bakayoko after agreeing to sell him to Napoli for just £ 16m next summer ” … with the midfielder happy to stay in Italy after starting his career well. loan period
- Tiemoue Bakayoko signed from French side Monaco for £ 40m in summer 2017
- He failed to impress under Antonio Conte and was subsequently sent on loan
- The French international signed on loan for Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli in October
- Bakayoko is said to love the lifestyle in the coastal city of Naples, as did Monaco
Chelsea have agreed a deal in principle to sell Tiemoue Bakayoko to Napoli for a staggering £ 24m loss.
Central midfielder Bakayoko was brought to Stamford Bridge for £ 40m in 2017 after impressing for Leonardo Jardim Monaco’s captivating squad that shocked Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund en route to the Champions League semi-finals during the 2016 season. 17.
That figure made him the second-largest signing in club history at the time, after Fernando Torres, but despite 43 games in all competitions under Antonio Conte, Bakayoko failed to impress and was loaned to Monaco and the Milan.
Tiemoue Bakayoko started well on loan to Napoli after his transfer on the day of the transfer deadline
French international Bakayoko, once in office, failed to impress at Chelsea under Antonio Conte
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli, where they are currently on loan, have agreed on a £ 16m commission in principle with Chelsea’s godfather club for the French international once in office.
That price would see Chelsea lose more than half of their original investment, showing just how far from the plans of current Blues manager Frank Lampard.
Nonetheless, Bakayoko impressed in Napoli, present in every match since his move on the day of the transfer deadline in October, including two appearances in the Europa League.
Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso wants to bring Bakayoko on a permanent transfer
Which Chelsea signings are more expensive?
- Kepa Arrizabalaga, 71.6 million pounds
- Kai Havertz, 71 million pounds
- Alvaro Morata, £ 60m
- Christian Pulisic, 58 million pounds
- Jorginho, £ 57 million
- Ben Chilwell, £ 50 million
- Fernando Torres, £ 50 million
- Timo Werner, £ 47.5 million
He has 29 ball steals in six games and a 70% tackling success rate, with La Gazzetta dello Sport also praising his “great character” and “extraordinary technique”.
Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso – himself a former central midfielder – managed Bakayoko during his stint at San Siro in 2018/19.
And after an excellent debut against Atalanta, Gattuso said: “Bakayoko has this technique of his own, because he has this first touch and long legs that make him detach from you in midfield and he is difficult to capture.”
Bakayoko is reportedly feeling at home in the coastal city, offering him a lifestyle similar to Monaco, and the Neapolitan squad are keen to bring him to the club permanently after a good start.
However, their priority is to secure a new deal for their current manager, with the Serie A team wanting to extend Gattuso’s contract until 2023.
While it would represent a significant loss for Chelsea, the money would act as a boost to Lampard’s transfer plans, with Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng shortlisted.
Napoli are currently third in Serie A, knowing they will overtake the leaders, and Gattuso and Bakayoko’s former club, Milan, will beat him on Sunday.
The tall midfielder played with Gattuso at Milan on loan in 2018-19