Monaco leading the race to sign €35m-rated Chelsea midfielder

Tiemoue Bakayoko could be ready for a come back to AS Monaco after the French club opened negotiations with the London club to bring him back to the Stade Louis II. France international was part of the 2016/17 Monaco side that reached the Champions League semi-finals, but a £40m switch to Chelsea has not panned out.

After a disappointing first campaign under Antonio Conte, Tiemoue was shipped out on loan to AC Milan last year after failing to impress Maurizio Sarri. He came back to Stamford Bridge in the summer, but new manager Lampard has decided he’s surplus to requirements and he is set to leave the Blues before the end of the transfer window.

Bakayoko reportedly held negotiations with Super Lig club Galatasary this month, but a move has yet to materialise, and he now weighs up a return to his former club. Les Monegasques are looking to add him on an initial loan basis and believe he would be a good fit seeing as he knows the club well as well as the coach Leonardo Jardim.

The 24-year-old midfielder also named in the Les Bleus squad several times which is already a big success for the footballer. Last season he played 42 matches, scored one goal and provided one assist in all competitions. The French footballer has contracted with Chelsea until 2022, and his release clause is nearly €35m.

Monaco had terrible result in Ligue 1 as they finished the tournament in a 17th position. Les Monegasques already signed Gelson Martins from Atletico Madrid, Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla, Benjamin Lecomte from Montpellier and Henry Onyekuru from Everton this summer.