There was a lot of talk about the future of Tiemoué Bakayoko over the last transfer window, with the Frenchman pushed to one side at Chelsea.

Frank Lampard made it relatively clear he had no plans to use the defensive midfielder, meaning a new club was needed to be found.

Milan showed early interest since they knew what they would be getting, having loaned him from Chelsea two seasons ago, but the arrival of Sandro Tonali put an end to that, leaving the door wide open for Napoli.

Gennaro Gattuso, who is in charge at the Naples club, was said to be the one behind the decision to move for Bakayoko, as he was the manager at Milan when the two worked together, and his arrival has solidified the team at the back.

Shoring up in front of the defence, the Frenchman has helped Napoli get off to a good start in the league, and there are some who already see his arrival as a massive win.

Among those is journalist Ciro Venerato, who was speaking to Kiss Kiss Napoli, relayed by Area Napoli.

He said: “Gattuso strong wanted him, but Giuntoli [the director of football] made a masterpiece. He managed to loan him with Chelsea paying part of the wages. When you think the English club had demanded the obligation to buy from Milan…”