Fabrizio Romano has dismissed the idea of Tiemoue Bakayoko joining Olympiacos and then heading to Nottingham Forest in January.
It has been mentioned that Olympiacos might try and add the Chelsea midfielder before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
The player is halfway through a two-year loan with AC Milan, although the Serie A giants are open to terminating the deal.
Bakayoko was hardly a regular last season. He made just 18 appearances in the team, with just five coming as starts in the league.
The 28-year-old remains at the San Siro but so far this season he’s been an unused substitute in all six league games.
That suggests that the club will openly let him leave; with Olympiacos mooted as a potential destination.
Whether a trip to Athens is on the cards remains to be seen. Romano, however, doesn’t believe the deal would involve him heading to Forest in January.
The transfer guru has said that those claims are wide of the mark and that makes a lot of sense.
Bakayoko doesn’t really fit the criteria of what Steve Cooper or Dane Murphy look for and he’s never really cut it in England.
The midfielder signed for Chelsea from Monaco in 2017 for a fee of £40 million. He scored three goals and registered three assists in 43 appearances.
Bakayoko joining Forest dismissed by Romano
This will be music to the ears of Forest supporters as this was one summer link that made zero sense.
Forest added a plethora of midfielders to their squad in the summer and Steve Cooper already has a task picking just two or three.
Lewis O’Brien, Cheikhou Kouyate, Remo Freuler and Orel Mangala were all added to the squad.
Ryan Yates, Jack Colback and Cafu are all options that were at the club last season when promotion was secured.
Signing Bakayoko makes little to no sense at all. He isn’t a player boasting bags of potential and he also earns £93,000-a-week.
This is one deal that Forest were absolutely right to avoid during their summer recruitment drive.