If Corriere dello Sport on Friday are to be believed, Chelsea could end up paying a club in order to allow them to fund one of their own players’ exit.

Did that make sense? If not, let us explain.

As you all know by now, Maurizio Sarri doesn’t like Tiemoué Bakayoko, and by that we don’t mean as a person, he just doesn’t fit his style of play.

Aware staying in London would mean sitting on the bench far too much for his liking, the France international sought a new club that would guarantee him playing time, which Milan in Italy were willing to offer.

Despite a very bumpy start, the defensive midfielder has established himself as an important part of Gennaro Gattuso’s plans, and has made it very clear he wants to stay at the Serie A club beyond the current campaign.

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The issue for Milan is the €35m they need to pay Chelsea in order to do that, but Corriere believe there’s a chance the Blues will give them the money.

How? By buying Franck Kessié off them.

The Italian newspaper state Chelsea are one of the few English clubs interested in the Ivorian, and any exit would cost the buying club around €40m, which would be enough for Milan to then buy Bakayoko.

The former Monaco starlet is now said to be considered ‘more important’ within the Serie A club than Kessié, who could end up being replaced by Hector Herrera, expected to be brought in on a free once his Porto contract runs out in the summer.

It’s all very simple when you think about it, but without the details, it’s quite hard to explain everything in the intro.