Bakayoko agrees terms to Milan switch

Initially on-loan, but with a view to a permanent deal next summer.

Bakayoko has been left disappointed by the fact he does not feature in the plans of new manager Maurizio Sarri, according to reports.

The 23-year-old joined the London club last year for £40m from Monaco and made 25 Premier League starts in a turbulent debut season where he struggled to establish himself as Kante's partner in midfield.

Courtois has been trying to force his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer after refusing to sign a new contract and Chelsea have chose to cash-in rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer.

Mateo Kovacic's arrival on loan from Real Madrid has seen them all fall further down the pecking order.

The player's agent has been in Milan for talks over a loan move, with the European window yet to shut.

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He added: "For tomorrow, I think Azpilicueta, but it's not the final decision".

"I know the gaffer wants to win everything he possibly can and so do his players".

Speaking ahead of the clash at Wembley Stadium, the Brazil worldwide put speculation regarding a move away firmly to rest: "I've always told him I'm really happy playing for Chelsea".

The Belgian defender has been linked with the Red Devils, who are also interested in Jerome Boateng and Eintracht Frankfurt forward Ante Rebic.

The transfer window for Premier League sides to bring in new players is Thursday at 5pm, although other teams in Europe are able to make signings until August 31.

  • Lawrence Cooper