Maurizio Sarri Hints at Tiemoue Bakayoko Loan Amid AC Milan Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2018

Chelsea's French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko (L) vies with Lyon's French midfielder Houssem Aouar during the International Champions Cup football match between Chelsea and Lyon at Stamford Bridge in London on August 7, 2018. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP)        (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has hinted that Tiemoue Bakayoko could be sent out on loan amid rumours he is wanted by AC Milan.

Per Goal's Nizaar Kinsella, the Italian said to expect some players to leave on loan, and while he did not name names, he hinted Bakayoko might be among those heading out:

Sky Italia (h/t Football-Italia) reported Milan were in "advanced talks" regarding the midfielder, "with a loan with option to buy being discussed."

The Blues can't make any more acquisitions, but the transfer window is still open around Europe and so departures can still take place.

Chelsea brought in Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic over the summer and so they now have a wide array of midfield options, which also include Cesc Fabregas, N'Golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

In light of that, there may be little room for Bakayoko, who has struggled since joining Chelsea from Monaco last season.

BeIN Sports' Matteo Bonetti noted as much:

He hasn't shown a great deal of improvement in pre-season, either, per ESPN FC's Mark Worrall:

Chelsea could do with getting him off their books for the campaign if he's not going to play a significant role, and a move could help him rediscover his Monaco form.

If that is the case, a loan spell in Italy could benefit all parties.

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