Chelsea are reportedly prepared to listen to offers for Tiemoue Bakayoko as new boss Frank Lampard attempts to trim down his squad.
The former Monaco midfielder spent last season on loan at AC Milan after struggling to adapt to the Premier League following his £40 million move.
Bakayoko arrived in England with a lot of expectations on him, however he certainly fell below those marks and was loaned out to AC Milan last season.
He had a decent spell in Serie A and wanted to return to Stamford Bridge in order to fight for a first team spot. However, that could be hard to come by.
So far this summer, Bakayoko has not really impressed, despite having as many chances as anyone else so far in pre-season. The time is running out for him to get his spot.
Barcelona on Tuesday afternoon are set to be the toughest test for Lampard’s side, and there is a chance that Bakayoko could start having been on the bench on Friday. If he does, he needs to show why he should make it in the squad.
Lampard will need to omit a senior foreign player from his 25-man Premier League squad ahead of the new season, while the Blues will need to include at 17 homegrown players in their Champions League squad.
Chelsea are reportedly willing to consider allowing Bakayoko to head out on loan again next season, or move permanently.
Paris Saint-Germain were among clubs said to be interested in the player, however it remains to be seen whether they will bid for the player following the arrival of Everton’s Idrissa Gueye for £28m.