Bakayoko could still leave despite blocked Monaco move

Marina Granovskaia has personally blocked Tiemoue Bakayoko’s loan move to AS Monaco lately (RMC Sport).

And while the midfielder is set to push his exit from the Bridge (Standard), he could still be given green light to quit by the club’s director. That’s according to The Times and the Daily Record journalist Duncan Castles.

“There are clubs that want to take him and there will definitely be an option for Chelsea to allow the player to go on loan, take a significant loan fee for him, take the wages off their balance sheet and include an option to buy going forward,” he told the Transfer Window Podcast.

“They might be able to sell the player if they negotiate well.

“Earlier in the summer, I know at least one French club made an enquiry to Chelsea about taking the player this season and were told by Marina Granovskaia that he was not for sale and not available and would be part of Chelsea’s squad this year.

“However, this was prior to Frank Lampard working with the player.

“So now it’s going to be interesting to see if that landscape has changed sufficiently for Chelsea to say ‘okay, even though we had a transfer ban and we weren’t able to recruit apart from making Kovacic’s loan deal into a full registration, we will allow Bakayoko as well to leave the club because the manager has decided he is not required even as a back up for this season’.”