Tiémoué Bakayoko lasted just one season at Stamford Bridge.
AC Milan announced on Tuesday morning that it had acquired the young French midfielder on loan with an option to buy from Chelsea, just a year after the Blues paid more than $51 million to sign him.
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Bakayoko was coming off a dream season at Monaco where he, Radamel Falcao, Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Thomas Lemar, and Fabinho among others led the side to a Ligue 1 title and a place in the UEFA Champions League semifinals. But Bakayoko struggled with a naggling knee injury all season, and it may have affected him at Chelsea, where he was playing for the first time out of his country and comfort zone.
Bakayoko struggled at times for the Blues, including enduring a demoralizing first-half sending off in a shocking 4-1 defeat to Watford. Although he played 29 Premier League matches, it never seemed like he fully won over manager Antonio Conte, and he was never a pure fit alongside fellow French star N'Golo Kante. It was clear after preseason that Conte’s successor Maurizio Sarri didn’t have Bakayoko in his plans either, leaving the 24-year-old to find a new home yet again.
At AC Milan, Bakayoko will have another Francophone player to sit in midfield alongside, with Franck Kessie back for a second season at the San Siro.