Earlier on Friday, we covered an article from Gazzetta dello Sport’s newspaper edition which explained Napoli are making moves for Tiemoué Bakayoko.
Chelsea have been trying to find the midfielder a new home for weeks, so interest from another Serie A club will be welcome, especially after AC Milan went quiet in their own pursuit.
Gazzetta explained there’s been a telephone call between Napoli official Cristiano Giuntoli and Chelsea, during which he offered €2m to cover a straight loan for the rest of the season.
As part of the deal, the Blues would have had to contribute €1.5m of Bakayoko’s wages, with Napoli only prepared to pay €2m in salary. Chelsea, who would prefer a loan with a buying option, hadn’t yet responded.
There’s another report from Gazzetta on Friday afternoon, and it makes the move sound very possible. Bakayoko had been hoping for a return to Milan, but them signing Sandro Tonali ruled out the option.
Gennaro Gattuso would now be ‘waiting with open arms’ at Napoli, ready to welcome Chelsea’s ‘prisoner’. There’s optimism the move can happen, with the ‘only problem’ being agreeing the finance details.
This time it’s insinuated Napoli would be happy with a loan and right of redemption, which may be more welcome to Chelsea.