What seemed a great deal early on in the year has apparently turned into a bit of a catastrophe over in Naples.
Tiemoue Bakayoko, who was not part of Frank Lampard’s plans at the start of the season, was sent to Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli on loan late on in the market with no option to buy.
Quickly, and after a few good early displays, talk of a gentleman’s agreement between the two sides started to appear, with a sum of €18 million being mentioned.
Since then, however, the star’s form has somewhat dipped, and talk of him remaining in the south of Italy has not reappeared all that much.
Il Roma, relayed by CalcioNapoli24, do that, though, explaining that the Blues have asked for €18 million in order for Napoli to make the move permanent.
It’s said that is a figure Partenopei’s chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis will never accept, and while the two sides could sit at a table and discuss another figure, the problem of what Tiemoue wants remains.
The Frenchman allegedly absolutely wants to be a key part of the project, but if he has to stay at watch German star Demme play, he’ll go elsewhere to finally find some peace.