The 19-year-old winger’s contract is set to expire at the end of this season, and PSV are resigned to losing him, having relegated him to the Jong PSV side at the start of the season.
Having pushed for a move away last summer - with Manchester United and Chelsea interested in him, as per the Mail - Bakkali refused to sign a new contract with his current club, and he was moved to the youth team until his deal expires this year.
With no chance of playing competitive football this season, the Belgian youngster’s reputation has somewhat diminished, although Premier League side Stoke City have kept an interest in him, and were said to be looking to sign him this month. According to the Mail, the Potters enquired into his services, although it looks unlikely that a deal will be completed in the coming days, and they may focus their attention upon signing him over the summer for a free transfer.
However, their plans could be scuppered, with PSV reportedly set to offer Bakkali a new contract, as per HLN. Although they have no intention of keeping him at the club - with the player actively fighting for a move away - sporting director Marcel Brands wants the Belgian international to sign a new deal so as to ensure a profit is made on the youngster. Rather than losing him for free, the Eredivisie club would prefer to sell him for a sizeable amount to make up for the training costs that have been spent this year on Bakkali’s development.
Although Stoke would willingly part with a transfer fee for his services - having made a move for him this month - they would have preferred to sign him for free in the summer, and they may be able to convince Bakkali to hold off signing the new deal until they offer their own.