Chelsea 'are set to make a £24m LOSS on Tiemoue Bakayoko'

Chelsea ‘are set to make a £24m LOSS on Tiemoue Bakayoko after agreeing to sell him to Napoli for just £16m next summer’… with the midfielder happy to remain in Italy after making a solid start to his loan spell

  • 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 enjoy the lifestyle in coastal city of Naples, as he did Monaco

Chelsea have agreed a deal in principle to sell Tiemoue Bakayoko to Napoli for a staggering £24million loss.

Centre midfielder Bakayoko was brought to Stamford Bridge for £40m in 2017 after impressing for the eye-catching Leonardo Jardim Monaco team that upset Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund en route to the Champions League semi-finals during the 2016-17 campaign. 

That fee made him the second biggest signing in the club’s history at that time, after Fernando Torres, but despite 43 games in all competitions under Antonio Conte, Bakayoko failed to impress and was farmed out on loan to Monaco and AC Milan.

Tiemoue Bakayoko has started well on loan at Napoli after his move on transfer deadline day

Once-capped French international Bakayoko failed to impress at Chelsea under Antonio Conte

Now Napoli, where he is currently on loan, have reportedly agreed a £16m fee in principle with parent club Chelsea for the once-capped France international, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

That price would see Chelsea lose more than half their original investment, demonstrating how far he is from current Blues manager Frank Lampard’s plans.

However, Bakayoko has impressed in Naples, featuring in every game since his move on transfer deadline day in October, including two appearances in the Europa League.

Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso wants to bring Bakayoko in on a permanent transfer

Which Chelsea signings are more expensive?

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga, £71.6m
  • Kai Havertz,£71m
  • Alvaro Morata, £60m 
  • Christian Pulisic, £58m
  • Jorginho, £57m
  • Ben Chilwell, £50m
  • Fernando Torres, £50m
  • Timo Werner, £47.5m

He has 29 ball recoveries in six matches and a 70 per cent tackle success rate, with La Gazzetta dello Sport also praising his ‘great character’ and ‘remarkable technique’.

Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso – himself a former central midfielder – managed Bakayoko during his spell at the San Siro in 2018/19.

And following an excellent debut against Atalanta, Gattuso said: ‘Bakayoko has this technique that is all his own, because he has this first touch and long legs that make him break away from you in the midfield and he’s tough to catch.’

Bakayoko reportedly feels at home in the coastal city, offering him a similar lifestyle to Monaco, and the Neapolitan side are keen to bring him to the club permanently after a solid start.

However, their priority is securing their current manager to a new deal, with the Serie A side wanting to extend Gattuso’s contract to 2023.

Although it would represent a significant loss for Chelsea, the cash would act as a boost to Lampard’s own transfer plans, with Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng on the shortlist.

Napoli currently sit third in Serie A, knowing they will overtake league leaders, and Gattuso and Bakayoko’s former club, AC Milan if they beat them on Sunday.

The tall midfielder played under Gattuso at AC Milan on loan in 2018-19

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