Tiémoué Bakayoko is officially a Milan player now after passing the medical, arriving from Chelsea.
The transfer market will shut down in three days, and today Milan confirmed that they have signed Bakayoko.
“Milan are pleased to announce the signing of French midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko from Chelsea FC. The 23 year-old joins the club on a loan deal with an option to make the move permanent,” the statement on Milan’s site reads.
“Born in August 17th 1994 in Paris, Bakayoko’s career started in his native France with Rennes before taking him to Monaco and Chelsea. The midfielder has two major honours to his name, winning the league title in 2017 with Monaco and then the FA Cup with Chelsea the year after. Bakayoko will be unveiled to the media in a press conference on Friday, August 17, 15:00 CEST at Casa Milan.”
It is believed that Milan paid €5 million for the loan while option to buy is for €35m. Bakayoko had a very bad season at Chelsea but showed a lot of promise and quality in his days at Monaco. And so, Coach Rino Gattuso has been entrusted with the task of bringing back the old Bakayoko.
It’s said Gattuso pushed for Bakayoko due to the player’s ability to play in a three-man midfield but also in a double-pivot formation. According to reports in the Italian press, the Frenchman took a big pay-cut to facilitate the move; Milan will be paying him €2.5m according to il Corriere della Sera.
Bakayoko, who will be wearing the #14 shirt, arrived to Milano on Sunday. He had his medical on Monday and then visited Casa Milan to sign the contract. Today he was at Milanello for the first time.