– AC Milan want Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori on loan with an option to buy
– The 23-year-old is not one of Frank Lampard’s favourites since the arrival of Thiago Silva
– A few Premier League clubs are also monitoring the player’s development at Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea outcast Fikayo Tomori could seal a permanent move to AC Milan before their Italian League game against Atalanta at San Siro this weekend.
The English defender of Nigerian descent has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Thiago Silva on a free transfer last summer.
He has made just three appearances for the Blues in all competitions so far this campaign and the centre-back is hoping to seal a move away from Stamford Bridge to find more playing time.
The Rossoneri have been in contact with the Premier League outfit over the possible signing of the player on loan with an option to buy eventually at around £25 million.
Sky Sports claim Tomori might walk straight into Stefano Pioli’s starting line up this weekend if his deal is concluded early enough.
The Serie A log leaders want to solidify their defence since all their senior centre-backs are not available – Simon Kjaer and Matteo Gabbia are sidelined and Alessio Romagnoli will be suspended.
Sky in Italy reports that the Milan club is hoping to expedite their chase for the 23-year-old in order for him to undergo a medical on Friday. AC Milan’s technical director Paolo Maldini said on Monday.
“We saw in [Tomori] the quality to throw him into the mix with our current defenders, so that’s why we want him.”
Frank Lampard prefers Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger to him and the 42-year-old also confirmed he can’t guarantee the youngster more game-time.
“Fikayo is a developing player. In the squad, we had four centre-backs last year. I can’t play four in one game and you try and find consistency at different times.
“This year we have five centre-backs. So the predicament is difficult for the ones not playing regularly and that is why he might go out on loan, for his development.
“He is a young player. His development has been a huge rise in the last two or so seasons since I have been working with him. That will continue and we will find the best path for that.”
At the moment, Chelsea are eighth on the log with 29 points from 19 matches and their EPL title chase seems to have gone out of reach as they are 11 points behind log leaders Man United.
Legit.ng earlier reported that FIkayo Tomori may be sent on loan this transfer window according to Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.
The 23-year-old defender fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Thiago Silva in the summer and has managed just one Premier League appearance this campaign.
While at other times, he could not even make the matchday squad and he has been linked with a move to top Premier League clubs.
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