Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has had a proposed loan move to French Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco blocked by Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia, according to RMC.

The reports suggest that Marina doesn’t think that Monaco are a ‘big’ enough club to showcase the Frenchman’s ability. Chelsea intend to loan Bakayoko out this season in an attempt to increase his market value, allowing the club to hopefully recoup the majority of their £40M investment in the player when he is sold next summer.

Monaco retain their interest in the 25-year-old and hope that some kind of deal can still be done for Bakayoko to return to his former club. The player and his agent are believed to be unhappy with the decision made by Marina Granovskaia, as the midfielder is clearly not in Frank Lampard’s plans for this season.

Bakayoko is not part of Lampard’s plans this season. (Image source: FourFourTwo)

Bakayoko impressed for AC Milan last season however due to a break down in relationship with manager Genaro Gattuso and the player, the Italian outfit decided not to exercise their option to make the deal permanent.

The European transfer window doesn’t close until 2nd September and Chelsea are willing to wait for a more high-profile club to come in for Bakayoko – if this doesn’t happen then it is believed his move to Monaco will be given the green light.

PSG and Galatasaray are amongst clubs still believed to be interested.


Written by Dan Barker | @danbarkzr