Napoli 'end interest' in a permanent deal for Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko


Napoli 'end interest' in a permanent deal for Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko once his loan spell ends
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Napoli have reportedly ended their whole interest in signing Tiemoue Bakayoko permanently from Chelsea, according to reports.


According to a report from Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli are no longer interested in signing the French midfielder this summer, despite becoming a regular in Gennaro Gattuso's side ever since he joined on loan.


Whilst it was suggested that Napoli could sign Bakayoko on a permanent basis as Chelsea are interested in selling him to raise some funds, the report has dismissed these links.


Bakayoko has had a recent decline in form, with this most probably being the main reason behind the decision, and with Gennaro Gattuso's future at the Italian club still being uncertain, and Napoli's prospects of Champions League football looking dimmer and dimmer, it looks like Napoli are pursuing cheaper targets in the summer.


Bakayoko is one of the number of players that Chelsea are hoping to sell in order to generate some funds to prepare a deal for Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland, who they are very interested in.


Bakayoko joined Chelsea from AS Monaco back in 2017, but he has struggled to impress Chelsea's management during that time, leading to him being loaned out to Monaco, AC Milan, and most recently Napoli.


Whilst Bakayoko has been nailed down as one of Gattuso's integral players in his squad, becoming the starting central defensive midfielder in the side, playing in 36 games in all competitions this season.


The 26-year-old currently has a market value of €25 million, with him impressing in Serie A this season, despite his recent blip in form.