Tiémoué Bakayoko is once again heading out on a two-year-long loan from Chelsea to AC Milan just like two years ago.
This is the 27-year-old’s fourth loan in five seasons (including the current one) since joining Chelsea.
And because it’s a longer deal, he has also extended his contract with Chelsea by two years, just in case the Blues do eventually manage to recoup at least a portion of the £40m transfer fee paid to Monaco in 2017.
Milan, who are reportedly paying a loan fee somewhere in the region of €500k to €1.5m, also have a buy-option of around €15-20m, which then turns into a buy-obligation if certain conditions are met.
Both Chelsea and Bakayoko would’ve preferred a straightforward transfer, but current market conditions being what they are made that even more unlikely than it had been in previous seasons.
Hopefully, Bakayoko can impress enough back at the Italian Serie A side to entice them to change this cycle for him, and for Chelsea.