Bakayoko joins Napoli on loan from Chelsea

Chelsea's French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko looks on during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor in Burnley. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF

Tiemoue Bakayoko has signed for Napoli on loan from Premier League club Chelsea, the Serie A team announced on Monday. 

Napoli said that Bakayoko had joined Gennaro Gattuso’s side on a one-year deal, with club president Aurelio De Laurentiis saying “welcome Tiemoue” in the official statement.

Bakayoko, 26, will rejoin Gattuso after playing for the 2006 World Cup winner at AC Milan — also on loan from Chelsea — in the 2018/19 season.

He played for Monaco last season in another loan deal from the London club, where he is under contract until 2022.

Italian media report that Napoli will pay two million euros ($2.35 million) of his 3.5 million-euro annual salary.

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