“Tiemoue Bakayoko moved to Chelsea in a £40m switch from Monaco back in 2017”
Bakayoko moved to Stamford Bridge in a £40m switch from Monaco back in 2017.
But his debut season was a painful one at times, clearly struggling to adapt to the pace and pressure that the Premier League brings.
He was subsequently loaned out to AC Milan at the start of the season, yet after also failing to impress at the San Siro, reports in Italy suggest he has six games to save his career at the club before he is sent back to London.
The midfielder is one of Chelsea’s worst buys in recent memory, but who are their five biggest flops?
5. Adrian Mutu
The Italian striker actually started well at Chelsea in 2003, scoring four goals in his first three outings since joining from Parma.
That was before he tested positive for cocaine in September 2004, following a visible deterioration in his form, meaning he was sacked and sued for £14m by the club.
4. Juan Sebastian Veron
After a £24m move to Manchester United didn’t go to plan, the Blues decided to fork out £15m to bring the midfielder to Stamford Bridge in 2003.
And, despite scoring on his debut, Veron made just 15 appearances as a result of injury problems before joining Inter Milan on loan the following season.
3. Winston Bogarde
Chelsea’s most under-the-radar flop is Bogarde, who arrived from Barcelona in 2000 with a decent reputation and two La Liga winners medals to his name.
He hardly left with one, though.
In four years, the defender ran out a mere nine times for the Blues and infamously refused to leave until his contract expired – even though Claudio Ranieri wanted him to go.
2. Andriy Shevchenko
Roman Abramovich’s first pricey failing was legendary frontman Shevchenko.
Chelsea splashed £30m to prise him away from AC Milan in 2006, where he had netted 175 goals in 322 appearances and won the Champions League.
However, the move did not go to plan, with the Ukrainian scoring just nine goals in 25 disappointing outings towards the end of Jose Mourinho’s first spell as Blues boss.
1. Fernando Torres
Luckily for Shevchenko, he merely had to wait just over a year after officially leaving Stamford Bridge in 2009 for £50m flop Torres to outdo him.
The Spaniard swapped Liverpool for Chelsea in one of the most dramatic deadline day deals of all time in January 2011, but the writing was on the wall as early as his first game, which ended in a bitter 1-0 defeat against the Reds.
He would go onto net 45 goals in 172 games for the Blues – one, in fairness, that sent them on their way to the 2012 Champions League final in a dramatic semi-final win over Barcelona – and infamously miss an open goal away at Manchester United.