Chelsea block Bakayoko’s loan move to Monaco

first_imgTiemoue Bakayoko is looking for an escape route from Chelsea on loan once again but the Blues are dissatisfied with the offers put forward by Monaco.The 25-year-old’s entourage was in the principality on Tuesday to try to find a breakthrough but Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia will not accept the current proposals.The Blues signed Bakayoko for £40 million ($49m) in 2017 from Monaco and are hoping to make most of their money back in any sale of the player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream AC Milan had the option to buy Bakayoko for €35m (£32m/$39m) in their loan arrangement last season but decided against it after failing to qualify for the Champions League.Monaco, who are also thought to be interested in Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, are not keen on including a big redemption clause after Paris Saint-Germain were the latest club to decide against signing the once-capped France international. PSG opted to sign Everton’s Idrissa Gueye for £30m ($36m) instead and Bakayoko is now hopeful that he can return to his former club in Ligue 1.Galatasaray were also keen on signing Bakayoko but the Turkish Super Lig was deemed not a good enough showcase for his talents.Granovskaia has sanctioned loan moves for Davide Zappacosta to Roma and Danny Drinkwater to Burnley to try to showcase their value, thus increasing any future asking price.Neither arrangement has an option to buy, but it is hoped that positive performances will raise interest in their loanees.Chelsea are likely to allow Bakayoko to do the same eventually should no concrete proposal to sell him come along before the European transfer deadline on September 2, with his £120,000-a-week wages off-putting to certain clubs.Blues manager Frank Lampard has spoken about the futures of both Bakayoko and Zappacosta, the latter of whom has arrived in Rome and is having his medical on Wednesday.”Yes, it is similar with both players,” Lampard said of Bakayoko and Zappacosta in a press conference last week.”They obviously haven’t both started this season for us or had minutes. Both have shown great application and not been a problem. The decision will be what’s best for us as a club and them individually.”As reported by Goal in June, Reece James has been given the chance to deputise at right-back with Zappacosta set to depart. Lampard is a huge fan of the 19-year-old and he is just one of many youngsters set to get their chance at Stamford Bridge this season.Meanwhile, Lampard deems Bakayoko as surplus to requirements with options such as N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley and Mason Mount at his disposal.The Blues will also look to offload Lucas Piazon and Baba Rahman before the end of the European deadline next month.last_img read more

Balotelli: Playing against Ronaldo doesn’t excite me

first_imgMario Balotelli has admitted he doesn’t “really care” about playing against Cristiano Ronaldo as he looks set to make his Brescia debut against the Juventus star.The 29-year has returned for his fourth stint in Italy with the Le Rondinelle but has been absent for their first four Serie A games because of a suspension earned at his previous club Marseille.Balotelli insists his focus is on finding the back of the net in his first Brescia appearance and he is not fussed about sharing the same pitch as Ronaldo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “Does it excite me to play against [Ronaldo]? I really don’t care,” Balotelli told DAZN . “He is a great champion, he is the best in the world with Messi. It is nice to play against him but I do not get excited.”I will try to score goals, as in all the other matches I play.”The match will be Balotelli’s first competitive outing since being shown a straight red card in his last game for Marseille on May 24.Balotelli Italy PolandHowever, while the Italian striker feels it may take some time for him to develop match sharpness, he says his body is in the same shape as it was when he played for Manchester City.”I feel comfortable [in my preparation],” he said. “In the last month and a half, I have worked more than I did in the last 10 years of my career.”I don’t care about who [I’m playing], I care only about playing and feeling good.”It is normal that I won’t have the rhythm of the game just yet – because I’ve only played two friendlies so far and you can only find the rhythm by playing.”But one thing is certain, in terms of my weight and shape, I’ve never been like this. The last time I weighed this amount I played for Manchester City and I was 20 years old.”Back playing in Italy for the first time since a stint with Milan in 2015-16, Balotelli is hoping to catch the eye of national team coach Roberto Mancini ahead of the European Championships next summer.The last time he played for the Azzurri was in a September 2018 Nations League match against Poland , and he has only earned three of his 36 caps in the last five years.”My goal is [to be in the Euros],” Balotelli said. “But now I can’t think about it. “My personal wish is for it to be a great tournament for me and the team.”I just have to work to get back to my best form, at 200 per cent, as soon as possible.”last_img read more