Loaned out to Milan for two seasons last summer, Chelsea’s Tiémoué Bakayoko was meant to head to Italy and stay there.

However, Stefano Pioli never managed to find a starting spot for him in his team, which led to stories the player could head back to the Blues early.

After all, Milan won the Serie A mostly without him, and therefore don’t really his services going forward.

The problem for Chelsea in all this would be that they would then have to find the Frenchman a new club, since Thomas Tuchel also doesn’t work with him at Stamford Bridge.

Well, their prayers might have been answered early, as Gennaro Gattuso, who has just been announced as the new Valencia manager, is keen to reunite with Bakayoko after a successful spell together in the past.

TuttoMercatoWeb explain the Italian coach ‘has already reactivated contacts with Tiémoué Bakayoko, who is ready to return to Chelsea from Milan but destined to leave again on loan’.

That’s good news for the Blues, but we’ll wait for a bit more first.