Bakayoko looking to leave Chelsea as Sevilla step up negotiations

Tiemoue Bakayoko has told Maurizio Sarri that he wants to leave Chelsea this summer, according to reports in Spain.

The 23-year-old signed from Monaco for 40m pounds last summer but struggled to make an impact in his first season at Stamford Bridge. Estadio Deportivo reports that Sevilla have stepped up their pursuit of Bakayoko as they are looking to replace Steven N’Zonzi before the transfer window closes.

Sevilla have already held talks with Bakayoko’s representatives and the midfielder has told Sevilla that he would be willing to join them. Bakayoko has also reportedly informed Sarri that he wants to leave to boost his chances of getting more playing time.

The France international, who missed out on a place in this summer’s World Cup squad, faces increased competition for his position following Chelsea’s decision to sign Jorginho from Napoli. Bakayoko will also face further competition from Ross Barkley, who is back to full fitness after his start at Chelsea had been hampered by a hamstring injury.

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