CHELSEA could bring back Tiemoue Bakayoko in the summer if their transfer ban still stands.
It is understood that AC Milan are not willing to pay the £32.5 million fee to sign him permanently at the end of the season.
With a two-window transfer ban looming, Chelsea could recall him to bolster their midfield for the 2019/20 campaign.
Milan have no intention of offloading Bakayoko this summer as he has become a regular in Gennaro Gattuso’s first-team.
The one-cap France international has made 33 appearances in all competitions for the Italian side this season.
Milan are set to propose a cut-price deal for the 24-year-old, but the Blues are not expected to entertain any offers.
He joined AC Milan on loan last summer after he failed to live up to expectations in the Premier League.
Bakayoko revealed that he felt like Chelsea “didn’t want him anymore” after he joined from Monaco for £40m.
‘I’M VERY HAPPY HERE’
He admitted last month that he is happy at the San Siro and is desperate to guide the club into the Champions League.
The Frenchman said: “I’m doing everything for the Champions League.
“It’s been five years since the Milan fans have heard the Champions League anthem and I want to be there the next it sounds in the San Siro.
“I’m having a good season, I’m very grateful to Milan. I’m very happy here, although at first, I was criticised.
“But it’s normal, they expected more, it’s no problem.”
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Chelsea have been blocked from buying players after allegedly breaking rules surrounding the signings of minors.
They have submitted an appeal and Fifa confirmed the case will be heard on April 11.
Maurizio Sarri’s side, who were also fined £460,000, are only expected to bring back Bakayoko if the ban is still in place this summer.