- Tiemoue Bakayoko is now on the verge of joining Napoli on a permanent basis
- Bakayoko who joined Chelsea from Monaco has played 29 games so far for the Blues
- The 26-year-old Frenchman can also play as a defensive midfielder
Chelsea who are Premier League giants have reportedly agreed a deal with Italian side Napoli to sell French defender Tiemoue Bakayoko permanently during the January 2021 transfer window.
Italian manager Antonio Conte was in charge of the Blues three years ago when they signed Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco following his superb performances in the Champions League.
During the 2017 Champions League campaign, Monaco were superb as they upset Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund to reach the semifinal in which Tiemoue Bakayoko was impressive.
But after joining the Stamford Bridge landlords, Bakayoko failed to impress the Blues' coaching crew and they were forced to send him on loan back to Monaco and also AC Milan.
There have been reports that current Chelsea coach Frank Lampard is not planning to have the Frenchman in his squad this term in the Premier League.
Bakayoko is currently playing on loan for Napoli and Gattuso's side want him to remain at the club on a permanent basis.
According to the report on Daily Mail, Napoli have agreed £16m transfer fee which is around N8.1 billion to have the permanent signature of Bakayoko.
That means Chelsea will be losing, considering the fact that they bought Bakayoko for £40m which is around N20.1 billion when they signed him.
Bakayoko has so far played 29 games for Chelsea and scored two goals since he joined the Blues from Monaco.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Premier League giants Chelsea have been dealt with a big blow after defender Ben Chilwell suffered an injury while playing for England against Belgium.
The 23-year-old featured for England in the Nations League encounter in which the Three-Lions suffered a 2-0 defeat on Sunday night, November 16.
Youri Tielemans scored the first goal for Belgium in the 10th minute after receiving brilliant assist from Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.
Dries Mertens netted the second goal for Belgium in the 24th minute via a direct free-kick in which England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was unable to save.
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