Borussia Dortmund is reportedly interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko, despite his poor first season in England.
Borussia Dortmund is keen to bolster their midfield in the summer, and a surprise name is being linked with the club. According to the Daily Mail, Dortmund could make a move for Chelsea midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko.
The French midfielder joined Chelsea last summer but has failed to live up to his billing.
Bakayoko cost Chelsea 40 million euros when he signed from AS Monaco last summer.
However, he has failed to cope with the demands of English football and has struggled to establish his place in the Blues’ lineup.
His lack of composure and discipline in the middle of the park have seen him fall out of favor. Fans have been quick to turn on him and Bakayoko could be sold in the summer.
Borussia Dortmund, however, are prepared to give Bakayoko a chance to establish himself in the Bundesliga.
With Julian Weigl, Gonzalo Castro and Nuri Sahin all being linked with the exit door, Bakayoko could arrive in the summer.
It is unclear whether Dortmund is interested in a loan deal or a permanent transfer, but Chelsea is reportedly willing to listen to offers.
Of course, if Bakayoko turns out to be half as good as Dortmund’s previous signing from Chelsea, fans will be delighted to have him.
Michy Batshuayi joined Borussia Dortmund on loan in January after failing to impress Antonio Conte. And after nine goals in 14 games, the Belgian could join the black and yellows on a permanent deal this summer.
Whether Bakayoko will join him remains to be seen, but Borussia Dortmund really seems to have stepped up their preparations for the summer transfer window.
Riyad Mahrez wants to complete summer move to Arsenal – TRANSFER EXCLUSIVE
Mahrez has withdrawn the transfer request he put in when the club put an £80m price tag on his head after rejecting a £50m-plus offer from Manchester City.
But he still wants to leave and Express Sport understands he favours a move to Arsenal.
Mahrez has a house in the capital and would prefer a switch there over a move to Manchester.
The Algerian was desperate to leave in January and City were interested in bringing him in on deadline day.
But it remains the playmaker’s preference to move to London instead – providing they can stump up the big cash Leicester will demand. Tottenham and Chelsea remain alternative options.
Mahrez has been desperate to leave the King Power Stadium for months. Insiders revealed to Express Sport back in January that Mahrez believed he could be in line to replace Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool.
While it was a switch that interested him, moving closer to his London pad has always been the deal Mahrez is after.
Claude Puel was yesterday given the go-ahead to demolish the remnants of the title-winning side.
Leicester’s Thai owners gave the under-pressure boss their backing at the training ground. It is likely to mean Mahrez has just three games left of his Leicester career.
Puel delivered a swift “no comment” when asked if the Algerian had been told he would be allowed to leave.
But the Foxes manager has been backed by the owners and said after talks his project involved “short-term pain for long-term gain”.
From the side that took home the title two years ago, Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante went to Chelsea with Jeff Schlupp sold to Crystal Palace.
Only striker Jamie Vardy and keeper Kasper Schmeichel now look safe at the King Power.
Puel prepares his side to face West Ham on the back of just four wins from his last 18 games.
He said: “We have to endure short-term pain for long-term gain.
“It was important to have this good support. It’s not a surprise to me because we had a lot of discussions to prepare at the end of this season and for next season.
“I’m not under pressure. I’m pragmatic. I know what we need to do and what we want.”
has demanded a change of culture at the club in the wake of his bust-up with Andy Carroll.
The striker is in the squad today after being fined for storming down the tunnel during Sunday’s thrashing by Manchester City when it was clear he wasn’t going to be used from the bench.