Tiémoué Bakayoko will have to return to Chelsea after AS Monaco decided against exercising the option to make his transfer permanent.

The midfielder arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2017, and after spending one season with the Blues, he was sent out on loan to AC Milan and Monaco in the last two years.

If multiple reports coming out of Italy are to be believed, the Serie A side are interested in taking the Frenchman again this summer.

One such update has come from TuttoMercatoWeb, where they state ‘Milan dream of the return of Tiémoué Bakayoko’.

Bakayoko has fond memories from his temporary stay at the San Siro and the Rossoneri are assessing the conditions to ‘make the deal possible’.

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There’s no clarity If Milan are looking at a loan deal or a permanent transfer, and the issue with regards to the player’s salary also needs to be resolved.

Chelsea paid €40m to Monaco three years ago, and the website adds the west London club’s idea is to recover a big part of the investment they made for his signing.

TMW contacted Bakayoko to get a comment about his future, and he said: “Everyone knows that Milan is in my heart and I have good memories. At the moment I’m a Chelsea player, then we’ll see in football.”