Napoli seal Chelsea outcast Tiemoue Bakayoko on a season-long loan… the Blues flop’s third spell abroad in four years at Stamford Bridge as he links up with Gennaro Gattuso for second time
- Frank Lampard has shown no interest in including Tiemoue Bakayoko in his plans
- The Frenchman had one disappointing season at Chelsea before going on loan
- Napoli will be the latest to try to resurrect his career after AC Milan and Monaco
- Bakayoko will link-up with old Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso again in Serie A
The midfielder took part in pre-season with the Blues after returning from an unsuccessful Monaco stint but Frank Lampard is yet to name the Frenchman in a match-day squad.
Bakayoko will link up with Gennaro Gattuso for a second time after playing under the fiery Italian at AC Milan in 2018-19.
Tiemoue Bakayoko is set for his third loan in four years as a Chelsea player next season
The midfielder will join Napoli to link up with Gennaro Gattuso for the second time in his career
The 26-year-old impressed for the Italian manager back in 2018-19 on-loan at AC Milan
Chelsea had hoped to sell Bakayoko to help pay for their summer of spending but now want Napoli to act as a shop window for a deal next summer.
At Milan Gattuso managed to coax some of the quality the 26-year-old showed at Monaco before his Chelsea move but only finished fifth in Serie A.
The 2006 World Cup winner will now hope Bakayoko can be part of a rebuilding job at the San Paolo after a disastrous seventh-place last term, as clashes between the ownership and the staff saw Carlo Ancelotti sacked mid-way through the term.
There seems to be no way back for Bakayoko at Chelsea after his disastrous first season
Lampard certainly has no plans for the midfielder, having obviously seen enough from Bakayoko in his time under Antonio Conte in 2017-18.
The midfielder had been crucial in a Kylian Mbappe lead Monaco team that reached the Champions League semi-finals the season before, earning a £36m move to London in July 2017.
Bakayoko never really got going and didn’t gel with Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system – with some Blues fans even booing the 26-year-old during matches.