Chelsea could end their interest in Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko having grown ‘annoyed’ by negotiations, L’Equipe have reported – via talkSPORT.
With various intermediaries reportedly slowing the 22-year-old Frenchman’s potential transfer, Chelsea have become increasingly frustrated.
The Blues have been strongly linked with a £50m move for Bakayoko who impressed for Ligue 1 winners and Champions League semi-finalists Monaco this season.
But now L’Equipe claim that Chelsea could turn their attention elsewhere, with Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso reportedly a target.
The 22-year-old has also attracted the interest of Juventus, Arsenal and Tottenham, although Chelsea are said to have already been in talks with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.
Asked about the transfer speculation – via The Sun – Tolisso admitted that he was uncertain over his future with the Ligue 1 side.
He said: “I don’t know if I’ll be at Lyon next year. I want to play the Champions League and the World Cup. To be at the World Cup, you have to play the very, very big games. And you play big games in the Champions League.”
A move for Tolisso is also likely to cost around half the price Chelsea were likely to have paid for Bakayoko.
Monaco were recently reported to have asked Chelsea for a deal to bring Michy Batshuayi to the club should Bakayoko leave, but that appears to have led to a breakdown in negotiations.