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Chelsea 24-year-old midfield star one step closer to return to his former club

According to the Daily Mirror, Monaco have reportedly emerged as favourites to re-sign Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Despite leaving the Ligue 1 outfit to move to Stamford Bridge in 2017, Bakayoko has struggled to make a positive impact, something which led to the Frenchman spending the last campaign on loan at AC Milan.

While the 24-year-old featured for the Blues during pre-season, it appears that Frank Lampard and the West Londoners have opted to part ways with the player.

As per the same sources, Monaco have expressed an interest in Bakayoko as they bid to avoid another disappointing year in France’s top flight.

The report does not indicate whether Monaco are keen on a permanent purchase or loan, although Chelsea will likely be open to a sale.

Bakayoko played a key role as Monaco won the Ligue 1 title during the 2016-17 campaign.

Meanwhile, Chelsea could reportedly attempt to re-sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth in January transfer window if head coach Frank Lampard will not find a suitable replacement for David Luiz at his current squad.

The 32-year-old David Luiz left Stamford Bridge for Arsenal on transfer deadline day, while Antonio Rudiger’s injury problems mean that the Blues have limited options in central defence heading into the 2019-20 campaign.

The Blues are currently under a transfer suspension, which will also be in place for January as things stand.