TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO is heading back to the San Siro to hook up with Inter – after being binned by AC Milan.
Bakayoko feared his days in Milan were numbered when AC snubbed the chance to turn his season-long loan from Chelsea into a £35million permanent deal.
But former Stamford Bridge boss Antonio Conte is about to replace Luciano Spalletti as Inter manager, and he wants a reunion with the 24-year-old French international.
Inter general manager Beppe Marotta has an ‘excellent’ relationship with Bakayoko’s Italian representative Federico Pastorello.
The pair are already in talks over a move that would see the central midfielder tabling his talents back in Serie A again next term.
Marotta and Pastorello are negotiating a deal for Inter to pay Chelsea £5m to take Bakayoko on loan for a year with an option to buy for £30m next summer.
Bakayoko was ‘very happy’ in Milan, despite failing to find his best form and falling out with head coach Gennaro Gattuso.
There were concerns he would not want to stay in Italy after suffering racist abuse during the Coppa Italia semi-final against Lazio.
Chants, whistles and jeers were directed at the midfielder before, during and after the game with reports of inflatable bananas thrown around in the away section at the San Siro.
His problems resulted in AC Milan releasing a statement insisting they would have ‘no intention’ of exercising their option to buy on economic and disciplinary grounds.
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And Bakayoko looks to have no future at Chelsea, either.
He has been branded as surplus to requirements by manager Maurizio Sarri – even though he still has three years left on his contract.
The Frenchman signed a five-year deal in West London when he made his £40m switch from Monaco in 2017.