Tiemoue Bakayoko has joined his former club AS Monaco on a season-long loan from Chelsea
The France international arrived Chelsea in 2017 from the Ligue 1 side As Monaco for a reported fee of £40m, the transfer made him their second-highest signing.
It was understood that the transfer deal includes a £31.8million permanent switch option.
His signing was behind the Spaniard striker Alvaro Morata on the list of the club most expensive signing, On 19 July 2017, Chelsea announced that they had agreed on terms with Real Madrid for the transfer of Morata, for a reported club-record fee of around £60 million. On 21 July, he successfully passed his medical and officially became a Chelsea player.
But all these have become history after Kepa Arrizabalaga arrival from Atletic Bilbao in 2018 to join the Blues for a transfer fee worth up to £71.5 million, it was not only the club most expensive signing but also a World record fee for a goalkeeper.
The transfer beat the former holder of the record Alisson Becker after Liverpool made the Ex Roma goalkeeper the world’s most expensive goalkeeper by signing him on a six-year deal. The Reds have not revealed how much they have paid for the Brazil number one but Roma said the deal is worth up to £66.8m (72.5m euros).
Bakayoko signing made the club third signing in 2017 after Willy Cabellero and Antonio Rudiger, he signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
However, the midfielder has failed to prove himself for the English capital and has happened to be incapable to tie down a regular spot in the first team, no matter which manager was in charge.
He spent the 2018/19 season on loan at AC Milan, making 42 appearances, and returned to Chelsea to be part of their pre-season campaign. At the end of last season, Bakayoko said he desired to make his AC Milan transfer permanent after helping them to Europa League qualification and a fifth-place finish in Serie A.
He has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, so he rejoins his former side for the 2019/20 campaign he has featured in 43 matches for the Blues, scoring three goals and making three assists in all competitions.
The 25-year-old won the Ligue 1 with Monaco in 2016/17 and assisted them to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League in the same season alongside France star Kylian Mbappe and Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva.
It was understood that Paris Saint-Germain was considered to be keen, therefore Chelsea was anticipating a solid proposal from them, but the Ligue 1 champions eventually declined to make an offer after sealing a contract deal with Everton for Idrissa Gueye for a reported fee of £29m.
Below is Bakayoko video during his Monaco spell:
He reunites with his former Chelsea teammates Cesc Fabregas, who departed west London for the French side earlier this year.
He also follows Leicester City duo Adrien Silva and Islam Slimani, who has joined Monaco on season-long loan deals.
But he encounters a difficult job reestablishing Monaco, who are bottom of Ligue 1 table, having appointed Thierry Henry for a miserable three-month spell as boss midway through the last season.
The new Chelsea boss Franck Lampard has lots of alternatives at his disposal, so there seems to be no room for Bakayoko at Stamford Bridge any longer.
The peers of Jorginho, Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante have all impressed this season, whilst Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also close to recovering from his Achilles injury.