The deal taking Tiemoué Bakayoko to Milan might be taking its time, but there is genuine hope in Italy it will come to a positive conclusion in the near future.

The Serie A side put talks for the Frenchman on the back burner once they saw the opportunity to get Sandro Tonali, but with that now out of the way, they can focus on convincing Chelsea’s Marina Granovskaia once again.

In fact, they want to get it done relatively quickly, as it’s explained by Gazzetta dello Sport that negotiations to that effect will restart ‘between today (Thursday) and Saturday’.

They explain Granovskaia is a ‘tough nut to crack’, but she’s already ‘given in’ on the ‘fundamental point’ of making the view to buy clause in Bakayoko’s loan optional rather than compulsory.

As has been stated previously, the hope is to get an all-inclusive deal of between €30-32m, meaning the fee paid up front for the temporary deal and the future price.

That’s much less than what they had arranged for him two years ago, when they had paid €5m up front with a view to buy at €35m that ended up being too expensive.

Rest assured, Chelsea fans, this looks like it will get done, but with Milan in no rush for a new midfielder following the arrival of Sandro Tonali, they will make sure they get the best deal possible this time around.