Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has been linked with a move away to La Liga club Valencia in the January transfer window.
Tiemoue Bakayoko is currently on loan from Chelsea at AC Milan. And La Liga giants Valencia are reportedly keen on signing the 28-year-old Frenchman, as per Mundo Deportivo.
Bakayoko has not been able to establish himself as a first-team regular for Chelsea since joining the club from AS Monaco. And he was sent out on loan to Milan in order to get regular first in football.
The Italian giants have the option to sign him permanently at the end of the season, and the clause becomes an obligation if certain conditions are fulfilled. However, the Frenchman has not played for the Rossoneri this season, and they are looking to get rid of him as soon as possible.
La Liga giants Valencia are prepared to provide the Chelsea loanee with an exit route during the January transfer window. And it will be interesting to see if the player can secure a move to La Liga. Bakayoko was highly rated during his time at Monaco, and he could still be a useful player for a club like Valencia, who also showed interest in the summer.
Gennaro Gattuso needs to add more depth to his midfield, and Bakayoko seems like an inexpensive addition. The player is out of contract with Chelsea at the end of the season, and the Blues would ideally like to recoup some money for him in January.
It will be interesting to see if Chelsea are willing to terminate the player’s loan with AC Milan and sell him for a nominal price to Valencia during the January transfer window. Alternatively, if the Blues decide to terminate his AC Milan spell and loan him out to Valencia for the remainder of the season, they could lose the Frenchman on a free transfer in the summer.
It is clear that Bakayoko does not have a future at Stamford Bridge, and a move away at the end of the season could allow him to get his career back on track with regular football at another club. If he manages to impress at Valencia during the second half of the season, the Spanish club may decide to keep him for the long run.