In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, AC Milan look to finance a permanent deal for Tiemoue Bakayoko, Callum Hudson-Odoi reveals the players he looks forward to training with at Chelsea and Mario Pasalic wants to stay on at Serie A side Atalanta.
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Milan may sell player to finance Bakayoko deal
A report from Italy indicates that AC Milan may sell midfielder Manuel Locatelli this summer in order to make Tiemoue Bakayoko’s move a permanent one.
Locatelli is currently on loan at Sassuolo and Gazzeta Dello Sport suggests that Milan may allow the 21-year-old to complete a €12 million move so that they can meet the buyout clause for Bakayoko.
The French midfielder joined the Serie A club on loan last summer and after a difficult start at the San Siro, he has impressed in recent weeks to help Milan to move up to third in the table as they seek to return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2013/14 season.
Speaking to France Football, Bakayoko said that he is keen to stay with the Rossoneri and to play for them in the Champions League.
‘I'm having a good season, I'm very grateful to Milan. I'm very happy here, although at first, I was criticised. But it's normal, they expected more, there is no problem,' said the 24-year-old.
‘When I think of my future, it is the total blur. I'm doing everything to qualify for the Champions League. It's been five years since the Milan fans last heard the Champions League anthem and I want to be there the next time it sounds in San Siro.’
Hudson-Odoi looks to emulate Chelsea trio
According to the 18-year-old, he was made to feel warmly welcomed by his team-mates after making the step-up to the first team.
‘Everyone in the dressing room was very humble and genuine [when I came in],’ he said. ‘There was nobody who was bigger than anybody else, no egos. They brought me into the system and made me feel welcome and to not be scared or nervous, just myself.
‘I look up to everyone, but I especially look forward to training with [Eden] Hazard, Willian and Pedro especially because that’s where I play.
‘I just keep working hard to try to emulate what they do and, hopefully, I can be where they are one day.’
Pasalic keen to stay at Atalanta
Italian sports paper Tuttosport has revealed that Mario Pasalic wants to make his loan move to Serie A side Atalanta a permanent one.
The Croatian midfielder, who joined Chelsea from Hajduk Split in 2014, has played regularly for the Bergamo club since joining them in the summer and is keen to remain there after going out on loan a number of times in the past five years.
‘I want to stay at Atalanta,’ said the 24-year-old. ‘I changed six clubs in six years, I’m very good in Bergamo.’