There are conflicting reports over what slows down Tiémoué Bakayoko’s move to Milan at the moment.
The name of Bakayoko is written at the top of Paolo Maldini’s notebook and he’s been negotiating with Chelsea for quite some time in order to reach a deal.
According to a report from Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, the Rossoneri and the Blues have in fact reached an agreement in principle over the 26-year-old. The basis of the agreement is a €3 million loan with an option to buy for €30 million.
Di Marzio claims that the problem currently lies in the salary of the player: while there is an understanding with Bakayoko over his salary in the year of the loan, there is not yet a deal over how much he would be getting at Milan should the Diavolo decide to use their option to buy.
The Sky journalist believes that this is the step missing to close the deal and this is why Milan are looking at alternatives such as Boubakary Soumaré of Lille and Florentino Luís of Benfica.
Reading this morning’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, however, journalist Marco Fallisi writes that there has been a slowdown in the talks for Bakayoko due to the fact that Milan are still trying to lower the demands of Chelsea, as the Rossoneri would like to pay less than €30 million for the 26-year-old.
Whatever is true, it’s clear that Milan want another midfielder and are working to get one.