While the London giants have done some excellent business this summer in terms of new arrivals, they’ve not left themselves in a strong position when it comes to selling their fringe footballers.
Everyone knows that their squad is bloated so they won’t want to keep footballers who won’t get a game, but the lack of movement in the transfer market means there won’t be a lot of interest either.
That will be the case with Tiemoue Bakayoko who returned this summer after a loan spell with Monaco, but there’s no sign of him getting an opportunity in the first team. Reports from France are suggesting that Parisians are looking to bring him in, but they don’t have the funds to simply buy him outright just now.
They doubled down on that in a separate report where it’s claimed that Ligue 1 giants will be looking to move for Torino midfielder Soualiho Meite as an alternative if this doesn’t go through.
From Blues point of view there’s no real benefit of keeping him he’ll be on a decent wage and it’s not like his value is going to increase by playing no football for a year, so it would make sense to simply get what they can and move on.
The teams are understood to be discussing the possibility of either a loan or permanent deal, with Blues likely to be keen to arrange a transfer fee now with less than two years remaining on the French midfielder’s deal.
The London club are looking to recoup some of the significant outlay they’ve made this summer, with French shot-stopper Edouard Mendy’s arrival from Rennes on Thursday becoming their seventh first-team signing of the window.