The midfielder prepares for his third temporary move in as many seasons, this time to Stadio San Paolo
Tiemoue Bakayoko is expected to return to Serie A in another loan from Chelsea, with the Blues agreeing to send their player to Napoli for the 2020-21 season.
The former Monaco midfielder spent the 2018-19 campaign under the tutelage of Gennaro Gattuso at AC Milan, making 42 appearances in all competitions for the Rossoneri.
And he is now preparing for a reunion with Gattuso, who is currently in charge of Napoli’s attempt to snatch the Scudetto from Juventus after nine straight titles for the Bianconeri.
Chelsea have accepted a loan for Bakayoko which will cover the entire current campaign.
The player is expected in Napoli on Sunday for medical examinations with the deal to be announced once he receives impeccable health from Napoli staff.
Bakayoko joined Chelsea in the summer of 2017 from Monaco in a deal worth an estimated £ 40million, after having shone during his time at the Ligue 1 club.
But the France international had only a limited impact at Stamford Bridge, playing regularly in his debut Premier League season under Antonio Conte before being declared surplus to requirements by his successor on the bench, compatriot Maurizio Sarri.
After just 12 months with the Blues, Bakayoko was put on the farm in Milan, which was followed by a new loan back to Monaco for the shortened 2019-20 French season, which ended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Neither side opted for the buy option included in the loan deal, although Milan have been linked with a possible move to Bakayoko this summer, which was addressed by the player himself.
“Everyone knows that Milan is in my heart and I have good memories,” he explained to Tuttosport asked about the possibility of a return to San Siro in September.
“Right now I’m a Chelsea player so we’ll see in football.”
Paris Saint-Germain have also emerged as a potential destination, but now Bakayoko will be tasked with proving Gattuso that he can deliver as he arrives to add more depth to the Napoli midfield.