Tiemoue Bakayoko has emerged as a surprise loan target for La Liga side Sevilla.
According to reports from Paris United, as cited on getting French Football News, the La Liga side are keen to land the player this summer.
The report claims that Sevilla is willing to pay up to 90% of the player’s salary while he is on loan at the club.
Bakayoko’s immediate future at the club is unclear after he struggled to make an impact during his first season at Stamford Bridge.
After joining with much promise from Monaco, Bakayoko struggled with injuries and was unable to make a mark on the season.
He failed to show the level of form he produced in Monaco’s title-winning campaign and struggled to keep a place in the Chelsea side.
It is yet to be seen if the expected incoming Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri sees a place for him in his side, with Jorginho set to join the club from Napoli.
Antonio Conte sacked by Chelsea: Angry coach considers legal action
Chelsea have officially confirmed that they have sacked Antonio Conte, paving the way for Maurizio Sarri to take over.
The decision was taken on Thursday afternoon but the club only announced it in a brief statement released this morning.
“Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company,” it read. “During Antonio’s time at the club, we won our sixth League title and eighth FA Cup.
“In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game Premier League season, as well as a club-record 13 consecutive League victories. We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”
Conte was dismissed after taking training on Thursday afternoon, with chairman Bruce Buck delivering the news he was no longer required.
It is believed that the players had already gone home after the session and so did not get the chance to say their goodbyes, although various staff that had remained on the premises did.
Conte has refused to quit, despite the club actively pursuing his replacement for months. A three-year deal was agreed in principle with Sarri several weeks ago, worth around £5.7million per year.
Former Napoli coach Sarri is due in London to officially sign the contract and will lead the squad when they depart for a pre-season tour to Australia on Wednesday.
Conte still had 12 months left on his contract and one of the reasons why his departure has taken so long is that he wants his £9.5m salary paid in full.
Chelsea had hoped he would find a job elsewhere to avoid having to pay him, but such was the Italian’s anger towards the club’s hierarchy that he rejected an approach from Real Madrid following Zinedine Zidane’s resignation in May.
Sources in Italy suggest that Buck told Conte he was being fired for “a series of irregular behaviours” and, as a result, will not receive a lump sum.
One of the grounds for complaint is the infamous text Conte sent Diego Costa last summer, telling him he was no longer wanted.
While Chelsea was prepared to sell Costa, the Spain international made the text public and the club allege it subsequently reduced his transfer value.
Costa was eventually sold back to Atletico Madrid last September for £57.2m, but the Blues feel they would have got a lot more had it not been for the text.
There was also a period lasting 10 days during last year’s close season where Conte was uncontactable, while his relationship with key players deteriorated.
Conte is believed to be angry at Chelsea’s stance and is deciding whether to take legal action.
Sarri, who led Napoli to second place in Serie A last term, will be handed a two-year deal with an option for another 12 months.
Despite all the uncertainty, Chelsea has been working on transfer targets to improve the squad.
The first arrival will be Napoli midfielder Jorginho, whose inflated £57.4m transfer fee is seen as covering the cost of Sarri’s Napoli compensation.
More players are on the radar, with Chelsea already in talks with Juventus for defender Daniele Rugani and CSKA Moscow over midfielder Aleksandr Golovin. There is also a chance that Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain will arrive, even though he has turned 30.
The La Liga club has been linked with Eden Hazard in recent weeks, but they cannot afford the Belgium international, who is valued well in excess of £100m.
Chelsea is determined not to sell Hazard this summer, despite interest from Real Madrid.