Chelsea have confirmed loan deals for Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater ahead of the transfer deadline.
The pair of “forgotten” Blues midfielders were far from the first team and will therefore play for different clubs next season.
First, on Monday afternoon, it was confirmed that Bakayoko had joined Milan.
A club statement read: “Tiemoue Bakayoko will spend this season in Serie A after joining AC Milan on a two-year loan.
“The midfielder returns to San Siro for a second stint with Milan until 2023, having previously represented the club in the 2018/19 campaign, and knows the league well after also spending last season in Napoli.
“In Italy, Bakayoko will be a teammate of former Blues Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud, who both joined the Rossoneri permanently this summer.”
Chelsea signed Bakayoko from Monaco in the summer of 2017 for £ 40million after being a key man in their Ligue 1 triumph.
The Frenchman started well in a 2-1 away win over Spurs, but his performances quickly fell off a cliff and he came under heavy criticism.
Bakayoko has since been loaned out to Milan (2018/19), Monaco (2019/20), Naples (2020/21) and now Milan again.
Early Monday evening, it was confirmed that Drinkwater had been to Reading.
A club statement read: “Danny Drinkwater has joined Reading on loan for the 2021/22 season.
“The midfielder becomes the second Chelsea player to join the Royals for the current campaign, alongside left-back Baba Rahman.
“Reading has three points from his first five games of the league season, having narrowly missed the play-offs in 2020/21.
“It’s a comeback to English football for Drinkwater, who spent the last quarter in Turkey with Kasimpasa after previous loans at Burnley and Aston Villa.”
Chelsea signed Drinkwater from Leicester in the summer of 2017 for £ 35million.
His first season saw him make 22 appearances under Antonio Conte, but injury issues and personal issues hampered his progress.
Once Maurizio Sarri arrived he lost his place and was subsequently loaned to Burnley (2019/20), Aston Villa (2020), Kasimpasa (2020) and now Reading.
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