Having returned from his loan at Napoli, Tiemoué Bakayoko remains a Chelsea player for the time being.

Unwanted by Frank Lampard and now Thomas Tuchel, the defensive midfielder wants to find a permanent solution for his future rather than another loan, which Milan, where he has already spent a season, are ready to accommodate if possible.

Corriere dello Sport explain that ‘talks for Bakayoko’s return are continuing’ between Chelsea and the Serie A side, with the Blues likely to extend the player’s contract by a year, since his current deal runs out in 2022.

However, it’s made clear ‘the Frenchman’s intention is to leave London permanently, where he has never found space’.

Milan are his prime destination, as ‘the idea of playing with other compatriots in Milan is very attractive’ to him, and ‘there could be an acceleration in the negotiations in the coming weeks’.

Good news for all involved, then, since he could bring the Blues cash to reinvest elsewhere all the while reinforcing Stefano Pioli’s price for a likely more modest amount of money than the £36m Chelsea paid to AS Monaco for Bakayoko in the first place.