The Athletic Claim Chelsea Have THREE Inter Milan Players On Their List Of Transfer Targets

The Athletic Claim Chelsea Have THREE Inter Milan Players On Their List Of Transfer Targets
The Athletic Claim Chelsea Have THREE Inter Milan Players On Their List Of Transfer Targets
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Midfielder Bakayoko arrived for a second spell at Milan on a two-year loan deal with option to buy for a reported 15 million euros ($17.7 million) after spending each of the last three seasons away from Chelsea.

Milan said they were delighted to welcome the marauding midfielder back and said they would be obliged to make the deal permanent if “certain conditions were met”.

The Blues bought the 27-year-old in the summer of 2017 after he starred alongside Kylian Mbappe in Monaco’s run to the semi-finals of the previous season’s Champions League but struggled in the Premier League.

He was first sent to Milan on loan a year later when Gennaro Gattuso was coach, but the ‘Rossoneri’ did not take up their option to make the move permanent.

The following season he returned to Monaco on another year-long loan but again was sent back to Chelsea, before rejoining Gattuso at Napoli last campaign, playing 44 times as the southern side missed out on Champions League qualification on the final day.

With Gattuso gone and Luciano Spalletti in the dugout at the Stadio Diego Maradona, Bakayoko again went back to London this summer before making his return to Milan.

The Blues’ interest in Romelu Lukaku is well documented, while speculation about a move for his teammate Achraf Hakimi has also surfaced over the last few days.

However, the two journalists have now said that Lautaro Martinez may well come under consideration if their move for Lukaku proves to be unsuccessful.

The Argentinian international currently has a €111m (£95.6m) release clause, which means he would likely be the more expensive out of the two Inter forwards.

Even so, the fact that he is five years younger than Lukaku could go in Martinez’s favour. The striker scored 19 times and provided 11 assists last season so he does provide a major threat in front of goal.

There is, though, concerns over whether he would be the type of player Thomas Tuchel is looking for, with some feeling he is too similar to Timo Werner. We shall see if Chelsea do make a formal approach for the Argentine in the coming weeks.

And while that could still change — however unlikely it may be — in regards to Pjanic and Thiago, a move for £27m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Kovacic can almost certainly be ruled out.

According to Marca, the Real Madrid midfielder is set to join Chelsea on loan for the season in a deal that has helped persuade the London club to finally let Thibuat Courtois depart Stamford Bridge for the Bernabeu.

Having already seen Jorginho join Chelsea, Kovacic’s expected arrival at the former Premier League champions may frustrate some of the Manchester City faithful.

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The Athletic Claim Chelsea Have THREE Inter Milan Players On Their List Of Transfer Targets

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