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Tiemoue Bakayoko has completed his loan move from Chelsea to AC Milan , with that deal including a €35 million (£31m/$40m) purchase option.
Goal first revealed prior to the Premier League transfer window closing that the France international had opened talks with the Rossoneri.
Confirmation was then given that the 23-year-old was heading to Italy and had passed a medical .
Both sides of an agreement have now confirmed that a deal is complete, with Bakayoko set to spend the 2018-19 campaign in Italy before another decision is taken on his future.
📍 Milanello— AC Milan (@acmilan) August 14, 2018
Following the fitness tests, we can now officially and gladly say:
Dopo i test, adesso possiamo dirlo ufficialmente:
Benvenuto Tiémoué Bakayoko!#weareacmilan 🔴⚫ pic.twitter.com/mi9c8cCo5C
A statement released on the Rossoneri's official website read: “AC Milan are pleased to announce the signing of French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea FC.
“The 23 year-old joins the club on a loan deal with an option to make the move permanent.
“Born 17th August 1994 in Paris, Bakayoko’s career started in his native France with Rennes before taking him to Monaco and Chelsea.
“The midfielder has two major honours to his name, winning the league title in 2017 with Monaco and then the FA Cup with Chelsea the year after.
“Bakayoko will be unveiled to the media in a press conference on Friday August 17th.”
Chelsea only signed Bakayoko for £40m ($51m) in the summer of 2017.
Maurizio Sarri has deemed him surplus to requirements since inheriting the managerial reins from Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.
That has led Bakayoko to Milan, with the opportunity now there for him to restore confidence in his game alongside the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Franck Kessie at San Siro.