Bakayoko went on loan to AC Milan last summer following a torrid first term with Chelsea. It was thought that Bakayoko, who has impressed in Italy, would stay with Milan, providing the club paid the agreed £32.5m (€38m) fee for him. But according to Italian transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla, Milan are expected to ask for a cut-price for the French midfielder – something the Blues aren’t willing to allow. Chelsea are also wary of their transfer ban, imposed on them by FIFA, that will prevent them from obtaining new players for the next two windows. Milan do want to sign Bakayoko, but they’ll face difficulty in doing so if they can’t cough up the full price for him. Chelsea signed the midfielder from Monaco in 2017 after his impressive title-winning exploits with the French club. He also played a huge part in Monaco’s Champions League campaign in 2016/17 – as Leonardo Jardim’s side reached the semi-finals. But he failed to adjust to life in the Premier League, despite signing for a hefty £42m fee. Bakayoko has made 33 appearances for Milan in all competitions this season and has improved his form drastically. Chelsea may now want to keep Bakayoko, as they’ll need a as deep a squad as possible to compete for trophies next season. They’re already looking resigned to the fact they may have to let go of Eden Hazard in the summer, who Real Madrid have been after since last year. The Belgian’s contract will be up in just over 12 months and the Blues risk losing him for free if they don’t let him leave in the coming months. It’s thought that the return of Zinedine Zidane to Real has further boosted Hazard’s aspirations to leave west London and secure a dream move. It also seems Chelsea prepared for his departure by signing Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in January. The Blues agreed a deal with American Pulisic that will see the forward move to London at the end of the season for £57m. The future of youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is also unclear. The 18-year-old hasn’t started a Premier League game this season and was subject to a £35m bid from Bayern Munich in January.