Updates on the expected departures of a pair of Chelsea stars have been forthcoming online on Sunday, as the transfer deadline inches ever closer.
The first surrounds Tiemoue Bakayoko.
French midfielder Bakayoko has been on the books of Chelsea since 2017, after the Premier League giants snapped the 26-year-old up on the back of a stellar campaign with Monaco.
To say that his spell in southwest London has since proven a disappointment, though, would be putting it lightly.
On the back of a 2nd consecutive loan spell away from the club last season, Bakayoko since returned to Chelsea this past summer.
With the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and even youngster Billy Gilmour to compete with for a spot in Frank Lampard’s midfield, though, it had always appeared unlikely that the former Rennes man would be reintegrated back into the first-team picture at Stamford Bridge.
In turn, a number of clubs have been tipped to swoop for Bakayoko of late, AC Milan and PSG chief among them.
But, if the latest word stemming from the European media today is to be believed, then the Frenchman in fact looks set for a move to Naples.
As revealed by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Bakayoko is on the verge of joining Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli on loan for the season ahead.
The Partenopei are not expected to secure an option to buy.
Tiemoué Bakayoko from Chelsea to Napoli is a done deal, confirmed. He’s just landed in Napoli to complete his medicals and sign his contract on loan until June 2021. No buy option. 🔵 #CFC #Napoli @DiMarzio
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 4, 2020
The 2nd player set for an imminent departure from southwest London, meanwhile, is Malang Sarr.
French stopper Sarr only made the move to Chelsea this past summer as a free agent, following the expiration of his contract with Nice.
The widespread assumption, though, was always that the 21-year-old would be swiftly farmed out on loan, to develop further ahead of a return to Stamford Bridge down the line.
And, in an update surrounding the situation on Sunday, Sarr’s loan destination appears to have been revealed.
As first reported by French outlet Le10Sport, and since backed further in the Portuguese media, the Chelsea starlet is all set for a move to Porto.
Sarr is also said to have been courted by the likes of Saint-Etienne and Sampdoria, but, in the end, opted to give his word to the Primeira Liga giants:
— le10sport (@le10sport) October 4, 2020