Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly joined the race to sign Chelsea outcast Tiémoué Bakayoko as the Champions League finalists bid to strengthen their midfield options.
Bakayoko has endured a difficult period after signing for Chelsea in a £40m deal from Monaco three years ago, spending the past two seasons on loan at AC Milan and his former side after struggling to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.
The one-cap France international has returned to Stamford Bridge this summer but is not part of Frank Lampard’s plans, with the west London side keen to move on a player whose career appears to be at a crossroads.
According to Le10 Sport, however, the 26-year-old could be offered a surprise route out of Chelsea by Paris Saint-Germain, the French champions reportedly eyeing a move for the player as they seek to bolster their midfield options.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are prepared to gamble on Bakayoko in an attempt to help the midfielder rediscover his best form, with any deal likely to be an initial loan with an option to buy as Chelsea bid to recoup a significant part of their outlay.
AC Milan have also been linked with a move to bring the player back to the San Siro, though the club are yet to meet Chelsea’s demands and recently secured the signing of prospect Sandro Tonali from Brescia.
The news of PSG’s interest also comes amid talk of a potential move for Tottenham’s Dele Alli, the England international linked with a season-long loan move to the Parc des Princes as he bids to revive his faltering fortunes.
The 24-year-old has struggled for consistency over the past two seasons and has suffered a succession of injury problems, a temporary move away from north London being discussed as Alli bids to regain his place at international level ahead of next summer’s European Championships.