Chelsea loan out Drinkwater and Bakayoko as Kounde hunt goes to wire

Chelsea have loaned out a pair of forgotten players at Stamford Bridge as they continue to chase the signing of Jules Kounde before the transfer deadline.

Midfielders Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater have made temporary switches to AC Milan and Reading, respectively, having been told they were not in Thomas Tuchel's plans for this season.

Their loan moves away from the club mean that Chelsea now have nine members of the first team squad out on loan this season.

Chelsea are also looking for another addition before the transfer window closes, as their pursuit of Kounde looks set to go right to the wire.

Bakayoko has joined Milan on a two-year loan deal, returning to the Italian giants for a second loan spell and his fourth overall since joining Chelsea in 2017.

The French midfielder made 43 appearances in his first season with the club after a £36million move from Monaco, but has since been loaned back to the club as well as to Napoli.

He joins former Chelsea stars Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori in Milan after the duo were sold to the Rossoneri earlier this summer.

As for Drinkwater, who has not played for Chelsea for over three years, he moves to Championship side Reading, who have also signed Baba Rahman on loan from the Blues this summer.

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The former England international has made just 23 appearances for Chelsea since signing from Leicester City in 2017 for a fee worth £34million.

He was loaned out to Burnley and Aston Villa during the 2019/20 season before spending the second half of last season in Turkey with Kasimpasa.

Chelsea's hopes to add Kounde before the deadline on Tuesday night are waning, though, with Sevilla rejecting their latest approach.

A bid worth a reported £43million was knocked back on Monday with the Spanish club standing firm on their request for Chelsea to match his £70million release clause.

Chelsea agreed personal terms with the French defender weeks ago but the deal could now be on the verge of collapsing.

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