What was once a mere idea from Milan’s end appears to be becoming reality: Tiemoué Bakayoko could make a return to San Siro this summer.

The Chelsea defensive midfielder spent a year on loan with the Serie A side following his first season at Stamford Bridge, where he gained many fans for his performances under Gennaro Gattuso.

A season later following an ‘unexciting’ spell at AS Monaco, the France international is once again on their radar, as Stefano Pioli looks to add a player of his ilk at the heart of his squad.

Gazzetta dello Sport look at the situation on Monday, revealing Milan are ‘pressing’ Chelsea for the player’s transfer, having already reached an agreement contract wise with the 25-year-old.

Bakayoko is said to be willing to reduce his wages from €6m/year to €3m/year + bonuses, meaning all there is to do is find the right price with Marina Granovskaia.

Milan want to get it done rather quickly if they can, while Chelsea, ‘in order to not lose out’, will need to recoup ‘at least €15m’, but it’s ‘probable their request will be at €20m’.

Therefore, it’s expected an agreement will probably found somewhere in that €5m gap, with the Italian club ‘leveraging the player’s will’ to get as low a price as possible.