Chelsea demanded Franck Kessie as part of a deal which would see £35 million flop Tiemoue Bakayoko leave Stamford Bridge permanently.
The Blues are already preparing to welcome Christian Pulisic to the club in the summer having wrapped up a £53 million deal for the winger last month.
But the Borussia Dortmund ace will not be the only summer arrival with chief Marina Granovskaia set to be hard at work sanctioning transfers.
Tiemoue Bakayoko, meanwhile, is ready to leave Premier League club having failed to live up the billing which convinced the club to sign him from Monaco back in 2017.
The France international is currently on loan at San Siro, where he has managed to find some form under Gennaro Gattuso, who criticised him in the early days after the Frenchman’s switch.
The Serie A giants would like to keep hold of Tiemoue Bakayoko full-time – which has led Chelsea to compose a transfer plan involving Franck Kessie, and the Blues will demand Milan’s midfielder to go in the opposite direction if Bakayoko is to leave permanently.
To comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, Rossoneri face having to shed players before bringing in recruits.
So the two midfielders might trade places for Milan to get the man they want permanently and not to break the rules they were troubled with last year also.
The 22-year-old, who rose to stardom at Atalanta before moving to Milan, has been on Chelsea’s radar for the past three years and the Ivory Coast international’s performances have helped him earn 25 caps.