Chelsea working to terminate Tiemoue Bakayoko contract after disastrous AC Milan loan spell

Chelsea working to terminate Tiemoue Bakayoko contract after disastrous AC Milan loan spell

Chelsea are working to release Tiemoue Bakayoko from his contract after a disastrous loan spell at AC Milan.

The 28-year-old has been stuck as an unused substitute on the San Siro bench as Milan try to avoid triggering an automatic £13million purchase clause based on appearances.

The one-time France international hasn’t played for Milan since May as they aim to keep him from reaching the mark of 15 appearances across the two-year loan stint that would trigger the clause.

Neither Milan nor Chelsea have an interest in Bakayoko’s long-term future and are watching his transfer value rapidly spiral downwards.

If he is not released, then he will return for a final season at Stamford Bridge in 2023/24 on wages of £120,000-a-week.

Flop: Tiemoue Bakayoko has not played a competitive game for Chelsea since May 2018 (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Flop: Tiemoue Bakayoko has not played a competitive game for Chelsea since May 2018 (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Talks are ongoing to break the loan agreement but his current Chelsea contract entitles him to around £9m a year which would help him secure a hefty compensation package for leaving the Blues early.

Departing west London would help Bakayoko to revive his career after failing to make the grade at Chelsea following a £40m move from Monaco in 2017.

Clubs such as Serie A minnows Monza have tried to hijack his loan at Milan but his wage demands have scared off suitors in recent years.