Reports suggest Marseille have agreed personal terms with Tiemoue Bakayoko on a potential transfer this summer.

According to Foot Mercato however, the club’s new manager, Igor Tudor, is not enthusiastic about the deal and is currently breaking off negotiations.

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from Chelsea £40million signing from Monaco in 2017 was undoubtedly a failure, as he hasn’t played for the club for the past four years.

Instead, he’s been loan after loan for the France international, with Napoli, Monaco and AC Milan all spending a short time with him.

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It is the Italian champions who have currently loaned out Bakayoko, unable to shirk their two-year obligation despite barely playing last season.

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This could leave all parties open to a change of scenery, and Foot Mercato has claimed that former Marseille coach Jorge Sampoli, gave the green light to the deal for him to leave.

This could benefit Chelsea, who would surely like to take the Frenchman off their books once and for all.

Now, however, Tudor has made it clear that the 27-year-old is not part of his plans which could lead to another season of sporadic appearances despite being at the peak of his career.

There is no chance of a sensational return to form at Stamford Bridge, with him not included in Thomas Tuchel’s future plans, and the club forcing Milan to acknowledge their two-year deal.

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The Blues could look to strengthen their midfield position given the uncertainty over the future of Jorginho and N’golo Kante.

The club have been reported to be front-runners to sign Matheus Nunes from Sporting Lisbon, with his performances particularly in the Champions League turning a lot of heads among Europe’s top flight.

Bakayoko, however, simply did not show the quality of the ball required to play in the Premier League, his passing falling particularly well below the level required at the top of the game.

Jack is a graduate football journalist from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, while also being published in the Non League Paper.

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