France international Tiemoue Bakayoko joins AC Milan on one-year loan from Chelsea, with option to buy for $40 million
Tiemoue Bakayoko has joined AC Milan on a one year loan from Chelsea, with the Italian club given the option to turn it into a permanent deal at the end of the season.
Rome: France international Tiemoue Bakayoko has signed on loan for AC Milan, the resurgent Serie A side announced on Monday, bringing an end to the midfielder's frustrating spell at Chelsea.
Milan have signed the 23-year-old for a reported initial five million euros ($5.7 million) with an option to buy for a further $40 million next summer.
Bakayoko leaves Chelsea after making 29 Premier League appearances for the Blues but failing to recapture the form that prompted the London club to pay Monaco a reported $51 million for his services last summer.
He was left out of the squad by new coach Maurizio Sarri for Chelsea's opening fixture at Huddersfield on Saturday as his replacement Jorginho scored in a comfortable 3-0 win.
Milan hope Bakayoko will help them reclaim their position at the top of the Italian game following years of strife on and off the pitch.
Last year they finished sixth in Serie A despite the around $230 million spent on new players by the disastrous Chinese consortium that bought the club from former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in April 2017. That led to them falling foul of UEFA's financial fair play regulations and being booted from this season's Europa League.
However since hedge fund Elliot Management took control of Milan last month following missed payments from the previous owners, the seven-times European champions have been readmitted to continental competition and have looked to rebuild both the squad and morale.
Following the fitness tests, we can now officially and gladly say:
Dopo i test, adesso possiamo dirlo ufficialmente:
Benvenuto Tiémoué Bakayoko!#weareacmilan 🔴⚫ pic.twitter.com/mi9c8cCo5C
— AC Milan (@acmilan) August 14, 2018
They have signed proven Serie A goalscorer Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus in a complex deal that also saw them bag promising centre-back Mattia Caldara while offloading the disappointing Leonardo Bonucci back to Juventus. Meanwhile, Milan great Paolo Maldini has been brought in alongside new sporting director Leonardo.
A lack of goals has been a persistent problem for Chelsea, with the Blues scoring just 13 times in their last 11 Premier League games.
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The 65-year-old former Argentina national coach has earned plaudits for the style of football the historic club have played on their return to the elite following a 16-year hiatus.
Tuchel believes Chelsea still have long-term ground to make up on City but has exhorted his players to close that gap just for 90 minutes in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.