Chelsea transfer news: Tiemoue Bakayoko close to AC Milan loan, Davide Zappacosta nears permanent Atalanta move

AC Milan identified Tiemoue Bakayoko as a summer transfer target in June; the French midfielder spent a season on loan at Milan in 2018-19; Davide Zappacosta wants a return to Italy, with Atalanta nearing a permanent move for the defender after Fiorentina were in talks over a loan deal

Tiemoue Bakayoko spent last season on loan at Napoli, while he was at AC Milan for the 2018-19 season
Image: Tiemoue Bakayoko spent last season on loan at Napoli, while he was at AC Milan for the 2018-19 season

Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal for Tiemoue Bakayoko to join AC Milan on loan with an option to buy, while Davide Zappacosta is close to completing a permanent move to Atalanta.

Milan identified Bakayoko as a summer target back in June, when Sky Sports News reported the Serie A club also wanted Chelsea pair Olivier Giroud and Hakim Ziyech.

Giroud completed his move to Milan in July, and now Bakayoko - who spent the 2018-19 season on loan at the club - is nearing a return to Italy.

Bakayoko has failed to hold down a place in Chelsea's first team since arriving from Monaco for £40m in 2017.

He moved to Milan a year after making 29 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in 2017-18, and he then joined Monaco on loan in 2019-20 and Napoli a season later.

Davide Zappacosta appeared for Chelsea in a pre-season friendly against Bournemouth, but his last competitive appearance for the club was in 2019
Image: Davide Zappacosta appeared for Chelsea in a pre-season friendly against Bournemouth, but his last competitive appearance for the club was in 2019

Meanwhile, Zappacosta is keen to return to Italy, with Atalanta emerging as the frontrunners after Fiorentina were in talks to sign the defender on loan over the weekend.

Zappacosta moved to Chelsea from Torino in a £24m deal four years ago, and he has been on loan at Roma and Genoa since.

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His last appearance for Chelsea was as an 89th-minute substitute for Eden Hazard, when they won the Europa League final by beating Arsenal 4-1 in Baku in May 2019.

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