The rumours in the press yesterday were that Tiemoue Bakayoko is a transfer target for PSG and Manchester United. That’s according to this report in the Sun anyway.
Those teams would be a surprising destination for him, as both have seen him come to the Premier League and really struggle. He looked good at Monaco before we bought him, and at spells for AC Milan on loan last season.
But at no point since arriving at Stamford Bridge has he looked like a player who one of those teams would be interested in taking on to improve their first team.
Despite that, his future may well lie elsewhere, rather than back at Stamford Bridge where he struggled so much two years ago. Not only are those memories still fresh, he also faces a lot of competition. There are three established midfielders in Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, and two youth team challengers in Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount.
That’s to say nothing of Danny Drinkwater, Ethan Ampadu and the other various assorted spare parts we’ve got lying around.
If Frank Lampard wants to keep developing his protege Mason Mount, Bakayoko might find himself as the odd one out, and unless this interest from top clubs becomes more serious, it might well be somewhere less impressive than Paris.