AC Milan are increasingly confident they can do a deal with Chelsea to re-sign Tiemoue Bakayoko before the end of the transfer window.

That’s according to Calciomercato, who say the Italian side have made ‘important steps’ towards finalising a deal.

They report that Chelsea have now opened to the idea of a loan with a right to buy tagged onto it, having extended the Frenchman’s contract by a year to protect themselves.

That suits Milan perfectly, and they have ‘pushed even harder’ today in negotiations and are trying to secure a deal that would see them pay €1.5m for the loan and then €7-8m for a permanent transfer next year.

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The ‘climate’ around the negotiation is said to be one of ‘great optimism’, and Milan’s managers are ‘convinced’ they can have the whole affair tied up by Monday.

If not, they believe the negotiations will definitely be closed by the beginning of next week at the latest.

As far as the website are concerned, Milan are making ‘advancing steps’, and Bakayoko will once again be heading to Milan on loan from Chelsea.