Monaco open talks for Chelsea outcast

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is said to be on the wanted list of Arsenal, as doubts surround his future at Stamford Bridge.

Monaco have reportedly held talks with Chelsea over re-signing Tiemoue Bakayoko on loan as the Blues look to move the midfielder on.

Boss Frank Lampard has reportedly made it clear to the 24-year-old he does not feature in his first-team plans, having failed to impress in his limited pre-season appearances.

Bakayoko played 188 minutes for the west London outfit during the build-up to the new campaign but didn’t do enough to win over the new Chelsea boss, who is keen to give the club’s young, homegrown players more opportunities.

Lampard is the second Chelsea manager to decide Bakayoko isn’t good enough, with Maurizio Sarri having quickly cast him aside when he arrived at Stamford Bridge 12 months ago.

The Frenchman spent the 2018/19 season with AC Milan, who signed him for 5million euros on loan and had the option to make his stay permanent for 35million euros.

Bakayoko featured regularly for the Italians, amassing 42 appearances, but the Rossoneri decided not to keep him long-term due to attitude issues.

Bakayoko was involved in a touchline spat with then head coach Gennaro Gattuso when used as a substitute, while he would often reportedly turn up late for training.

Bakayoko now looks set for another loan move awa,y with a host of clubs having been linked with him, including Turkish side Galatasaray, while Paris Saint-Germain were thought to have made enquiries before they signed Idrissa Gueye from Everton.

However, it appears old side Monaco are at the front of the queue and reports from French daily L’Equipe claim the Principality outfit are “serious” about bringing him back.

Bakayoko made his name at the Stade Louis II during a three-year stint, helping the club claiming the Ligue 1 title in 2017, while they also reached the Champions League semi-finals that season.

Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim, who was in charge when Bakayoko was last at the club, is understood to be looking to improve his options in midfield after an opening weekend loss to Lyon.

The two clubs have done business recently after Cesc Fabregas, who was sent off against Lyon, moved from Chelsea to Monaco during the January transfer window.

Whoever signs Bakayoko will be looking for Chelsea to pay a sizeable sum of his wages, having handed him a £120,000-per-week contract when he joined in 2017.

The central midfielder struggled badly in his first season in England and looks like he may not get another crack at Premier League football.