A few days ago, we covered the return of the Franck Kessié to Chelsea story.
The bottom line was that Maurizio Sarri wanted the Ivorian at Stamford Bridge and the €40m (at least) to sign him could fund Milan’s desire to make Tiemoué Bakayoko’s loan permanent.
The Serie A side need €35m to do that, money which they don’t currently have, and with both the player and the club wanting the relationship to go to the next level, Chelsea’s interest in Kessié is most welcome.
Corriere dello Sport explain on Tuesday that both Sarri and the Blues’ board like the defensive midfielder “a lot”, which could lead to a €40m bid.
While there is a clause of €35m (or €38m depending on the source) in the loan, it can easily be ignored, with a like for like swap be worked on instead.
That way, everyone would be happy, and no (or very little) money needs to exchange hands.