Bakayoko could be set to leave Chelsea on another season-long loan deal after Galatasaray opened talks to sign him.
The Frenchman returned to Stamford Bridge this summer after spending the last campaign on loan with AC Milan, where he impressed under coach Gennaro Gattuso.
However, despite the numerous great performances in Serie A, the Rossoneri decided against buying him for €35 million, because they failed to qualify for the Champions League and couldn’t spend so much of their budget on just one player.
While Premier League clubs could only buy until Thursday afternoon, their European counterparts have plenty of time left to do business. That means some European teams could buy a Premier League player, leaving the selling club without the chance of replacing them.
The 24-year-old midfielder is surplus to requirements for Franck Lampard’s new side, as he has somehow failed to impress him during the pre-season. As a reason, he was not involved in Chelsea’s last two matches against Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach, with the club keen to move offload him.
Now, it it is believed Bakayoko‘s next destination could be Galatasaray in Turkey, but the two parties have yet to agree the details of a possible deal. Fatih Terim’s side are reportedly reluctant to meet the €35 million asking price, whilst the Blues would prefer to cash in on a player that doesn’t feature in the plans for the upcoming season.
Paris Saint-Germain were linked to luring Bakayoko back in his homeland, but they chose to sign Idrissa Gana Gueye from Everton instead.
Whilst at Chelsea, the Frenchman is facing a tough competition as Mateo Kovacic moved permanently from Real Madrid, and N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also competing for places.