Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia may have to allow Tiemoue Bakayoko to leave the club because head coach Frank Lampard does not see the midfielder in his plans, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles.
Bakayoko spent last season on loan at AC Milan from Chelsea and has been linked with a return to Monaco.
He returned to Stamford Bridge but does not look to be a big part of Lampard’s plans going forward.
Chelsea were unable to bring in any new signings in the transfer window due to their transfer ban, though they did make Mateo Kovacic’s loan deal from Real Madrid permanent.
Granovskaia was not prepared to allow Bakayoko to leave, either on loan again or permanently, before Lampard’s arrival.
But Castles says Granovskaia may change her decision if Lampard does not want to keep the player.
“There are clubs that want to take him and there will definitely be an option for Chelsea to allow the player to go on loan, take a significant loan fee for him, take the wages off their balance sheet and include an option to buy going forward,” Castles said on the Transfer Window Podcast.
“They might be able to sell the player if they negotiate well.
“Earlier in the summer I know at least one French club made an enquiry to Chelsea about taking the player this season and were told by Marina Granovskaia that he was not for sale and not available and would be part of Chelsea’s squad this year.
“However, this was prior to Frank Lampard working with the player.
“So now it’s going to be interesting to see if that landscape has changed sufficiently for Chelsea to say ‘okay, even though we had a transfer ban and we weren’t able to recruit apart from making Kovacic’s loan deal into a full registration, we will allow Bakayoko as well to leave the club because the manager has decided he is not required even as a back up for this season’.”