Newcastle United, West Ham and Watford will have to dig deep if they want Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer with Le10 Sport claiming that the Chelsea misfit takes home wages of £4.5 million-a-year.
While one half of Monaco’s 2017 Ligue 1-winning midfield partnership has gone from strength to strength under Jurgen Klopp on Merseyside, the other has seen his reputation take a battering after one dreadful season in West London.
Bakayoko and Fabinho were equals when they left the Principality and moved across the Channel.
But, these days, one is trying to salvage his career while the other scribes his name into Anfield folklore.
Though while Bakayoko’s debut campaign at Stamford Bridge will go down in legend for all the wrong reasons, with every needless yellow card and every misplaced pass making a mockery of his £40 million price-tag, the France international still has plenty of offers on the table.
Le10 Sport reported last week that Newcastle could offer the powerhouse enforcer a fresh start at St James’ Park – if that long-awaited Saudi takeover gets the green light of course.
Watford are keen too, with Bakayoko looking the perfect fit for a team in which Abdoulaye Doucoure and Etienne Capoue have thrived.
West Ham is another potential destination, according to Le10 Sport in May.
And while no one should be writing off Bakayoko on the back of one underwhelming year, the costs involved highlight just what a risk this deal would be.
Chelsea want £30 million, with the 25-year-old silencing the critics during impressive loan spells at Monaco and Milan. And Bakayoko’s £4.5 million, £86,000-a-week wages will surely have Newcastle, West Ham and Watford fans wondering whether the punt is worth taking.