Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko’s return to Ligue 1 club Monaco is on hold after the Blues chief Marina Granovskaia blocked a loan move French club.
Chelsea are looking to get the French anchorman off the books, however, are willing to loan him out again this campaign.
The long-term plan, however, is to recoup the majority of the £40million they have paid for him to AS Monaco back in 2017 and Granovskaia is concerned that French club aren’t a ready to meet that value, according to RMC Sport.
Bakayoko enjoyed a decent loan spell with AC Milan last campaign despite struggling at the start. However, a falling out with ex head-coach Gennaro Gattuso ensured he would not return to the San Siro.
Monaco – who are also in the hunt to secure the services of Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina – remain hopeful they can lure Bakayoko, whose entourage are unhappy with the decision taken by Chelsea chief Granovskaia.
They feel the West London club should give the move the green light as Frenchman doesn’t feature in Lampard’s plans and he is desperate for regular first-team football.
A deal could be resurrected if no other suitors are found. However, the Blues are holding out for a more high-profile side to move for him before the end of the European transfer window.