Chelsea have dropped the asking price of Tiemoué Bakayoko, who has been told that he has no future at Stamford Bridge.
The 25-year old French international moved to West London in a £40 million deal from Monaco three years ago when Antonio Conte was still manager at the club.
However, he struggled to cope with the intensity and pace of the Premier League, and has spent the past two seasons on loan, first in Italy with AC Milan, and then back with his old club at Monaco.
Both clubs had the option to buy him outright, but neither decided to exercise it, meaning that Chelsea are now stuck with a player on their books who still has two years left on his current contract, on wages of £100,000 a week,
Now they are willing to drop their price just to get rid of him, although an opening bid of £13.5 million by AC Milan is still below their reduced valuation of him.
Bakayoko for his part has indicated he is prepared to take a pay cut to escape Stamford Bridge permanently.
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