Chelsea: Pulisic opens up on life under Tuchel
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Chelsea could well be frustrated in their efforts to offload Tiemoue Bakayoko in the summer transfer window. The midfielder has spent the past three seasons out on loan having failed to impress at Chelsea following his move from Monaco in 2016.
Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard have all been and gone since Bakayoko was signed with Thomas Tuchel now in charge.
But reports have suggested that Bakayoko won’t be in Tuchel’s plans moving forward.
The 26-year-old is among a host of Chelsea players currently out on loan who could well be sold to raise funds for other transfer targets this summer.
Fikayo Tomori, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Michy Batshuayi and Ethan Ampadu are among those who face uncertain futures at Stamford Bridge.
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Bakayoko has been out on loan with Napoli this season and looked in good form at the start of the campaign.
Reports emerged earlier in the season that the Serie A side were already looking at an option to make his move permanent.
But his role has diminished in recent months with growing concerns that Napoli may not be interested any longer.
Chelsea had been demanding £15.5million earlier in the campaign and, according to Il Roma, they haven’t dropped their asking price.
However, the report states that Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is not interested in the slightest at paying that price.
Negotiations could well take place over a reduced fee, but Chelsea won’t want much less than the £15.5m they’ve already asked for.
With a host of players likely to be up for sale, Chelsea look like they’re gearing towards another big summer of spending.
Erling Haaland is reportedly a top priority for Chelsea this summer and prising him away from Borussia Dortmund will likely take a bid in excess of £100million.
Having already spent close to £250m last summer on the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell, Chelsea will need to recoup some funds with player sales.
Selling Bakayoko could be key to their summer plans as well as he’s valued at more than most of the other Chelsea players currently out on loan.
The midfielder had been a regular starter for Napoli at the beginning of the season but he’s played just 32 minutes in the last four league games.
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