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Chelsea hope to finally solve Bakayoko problem

Chelsea are hoping that they may finally have solved their Tiemoué Bakayoko problem.

The French midfielder joined the Stamford Bridge club from Monaco for a fee of £40 million in 2017, but he never settled in the Premier League and has spent three loan spells away from the club.

The most recent of those is in Serie A with Napoli, and he has made such an impression that they now want to keep him on a permanent deal, despite their loan agreement containing no such provision.

The two clubs are reported to be in discussions and have come to a tentative agreement, with a likely transfer fee of €18 million likely to be paid by the Italian side, When the €2 million loan fee is taken into account, that will amount to €20 million (£17.9 million) less than half what Chelsea paid for them.

However, they will be pleased just to get his wages off their books.

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