Bakayoko dream, Pulisic and Higuain deals rated and deal done in Chelsea Friday news and gossip
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Tiemoue Bakayoko admits he wants to stay at AC Milan and has no intention of making a return to Chelsea
The 24-year old midfielder struggled to make any impact last season at Stamford Bridge and was heavily criticised for some of his performances in a Blues shirt, with many believing that he simply does not have the quality to make it in the Premier league.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri swiftly decided to let him leave on-loan for the remainder of the season soon after his arrival at Stamford Bridge, and despite a poor start to life in Seria A, Bakayoko has actually impressed during his stay at the San Siro.
And now, he has told Chelsea that it is his dream to stay with the Milan club, with reports they may be willing to pay the £40 million Chelsea currently value the midfielder at in the summer transfer window.
‘I heard what Leonardo said, but I’m not in a position to talk about it. It’s an issue that concerns Milan and Chelsea,’ Bakayoko told Corriere dello Sport.
‘Staying at Milan is my dream and the fixed thought in my mind, but I have a contract with Chelsea.
‘Right now I just want to finish the season in the top four. After that we’ll think about it.’
Arsenal legend Alan Smith has rated the signings of Christian Pulisic and Gonzalo Higuain at Chelsea.
Despite alot of transfer speculation linking a number of world class players with Stamford Bridge, Maurizio Sarri only managed to sign Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund and Higuain from Juventus on-loan until the end of the season.
However, there are many in the media that are not happy with the business of Chelsea as the club needed to acquire a world class defender and a striker that will be at the club longer than a few months.
Asked about Chelsea’s business in the January transfer window, former striker Smith told Sky Sports: ‘They have gone to the top end in terms of players and fees in Higuain and Pulisic.
‘They did need a striker and they have filled that gap, but Higuain does need to get fitter and acclimatised to this style of football.
‘However, there is all sorts going on there, so it is not just a question of putting in a striker and all being well.
‘Pulisic is a young player with a lot of potential, although he was not pulling up trees at Dortmund and he lost his place to Jadon Sancho.
‘But the deal will give them pace and width next season and they have lightened the wage bill.
‘And they needed a striker and given there were not many out there with that sort of pedigree, they have done well.’
Brazilian midfielder Lucas Piazon has completed a loan move from Chelsea to Italian side Chievo until the end of the season.
Piazon, whose Chelsea contract runs out in the summer, joined the Blues from Sao Paulo in 2011 as the next big thing to come out of Brazil, But he has failed to make any sort of impact on the side in his 7 years with the club and has been shipped out more often than not.
And despite the fact that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri felt he needed to have more than five midfielders in the squad for the rest of the season, Chelsea have announced that Piazon will join the Italian side until the end of the season on-loan.
The Blues have announced on their club website that Piazon has left for Chievo, aswell as announcing Forward Jhoao Rodriguez has been released from the club following the termination of his loan with Tenerife.
Piazon has made just one appearance on the bench, in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham.