Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea this summer.
According to claims from RMC Sport, as cited by GFFN via Twitter, the Premier League duo have emerged as potential suitors for the midfielder, whose future at Stamford Bridge is uncertain.
Twitter: Manchester United have approached Chelsea to discuss a possible deal for French midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko – full… https://t.co/4c5GV1Vd61 (@GFFN)
Twitter: Additionally, PSG Sporting Director Leonardo has contacted Bakayoko’s entourage & Arsenal manager Unai Emery is int… https://t.co/xPW2S4lDq9 (@GFFN)
Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are also in the hunt to sign Bakayoko from Chelsea, but United look set to offer them stiff competition having already made an approach to land the Frenchman.
Arsenal’s interest in the former AS Monaco star is presented as less firm, but manager Unai Emery is understood to be an admirer of his talents.
Bakayoko spent the duration of last season on loan with Serie A giants AC Milan, where he caught the eye with some strong performances following a difficult maiden season in English football at Chelsea.
Whether or not Frank Lampard will decide to keep hold of the midfielder remains to be seen, but should the new manager opt to cash in on the player, it seems he will not be short of potential suitors.
Why letting Bakayoko go to either United or Arsenal would be a bad decision
Point to prove
Bakayoko had a disastrous first season at Chelsea. Having returned to the picture, he will be hoping to prove his worth in the Premier League.
Bakayoko showed plenty of promising signs at Milan during his loan spell. He returns to Chelsea a more refined player.
Allowing Bakayoko to join Manchester United or Arsenal – two teams vying for the Champions League qualification berths like Chelsea – would be foolish. It would be a case of strengthening their rivals.
Bakayoko would provide Chelsea with a strong option in midfield. He is a more naturally defensive-minded player than Jorginho, so he could operate in a holding role to greater effect.