AC Milan have now confirmed their intention to sign Tiemoué Bakayoko from Chelsea on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

Their intention has been revealed by club director Paolo Maldini, who despite not guaranteeing they will do it, said this is the plan.

“He showed great character, he did not start very well and had to fall into a different reality he was used to. We are super happy with him, we will try to redeem him: it will depend on the FFP and the final position in the league,” Maldini told Sportmediaset (via Calcio Mercato).

Bakayoko indeed had a poor start at Milan, and that’s why at the start of the season the Italian media weren’t really sure the club would be using the buying option.

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As things started to improve, there had been lots of articles saying Milan would ask Chelsea for a discount. However, the Blues don’t seem to like the idea, especially in case they stay banned from signing players in the next two transfer windows.

Bakayoko now has 35 appearances for Milan this season, and became a regular starter for the Rossoneri. The Italian side must pay Chelsea €35m to sign him permanently in the summer.