Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has not ruled out the option of Fikayo Tomori having an option to buy is loan proposal this month.
The 23-year-old centre-back has struggled for games at Stamford Bridge this season and is looking to play first-team football.
AC Milan contacted Chelsea over a possible move for Tomori earlier this month, according to transfer insider Fabrizio Romano.
He now claims that talks have progressed and the Serie A club are hoping to complete a deal in the coming days.
The move is set to be a loan with the option to buy, with Chelsea reportedly setting their price at £26.4million (€30m).
However, as reported on talkSPORT, there will be no obligation to make the move for permanent for the Italians.
However, when asked about the make up of the deal on Monday, Lampard was vague when asked about the option to buy.
“Fikayo is a developing player,” said Lampard. “We can’t play all our centre backs in one game. This year we have five, the predicament is difficult. He wants to play regularly and that’s why he may go out on loan.
“He has made big strides in the last two or three seasons.
“There is no detail on those reports (permanent option),” added Lampard.
Asked about Tuesday’s opponents Leicester, Lampard admitted they are a “quality” team.
Leicester are a ‘quality team’
“They’re in it [the title race]. We managed to get above them at the back end but it was a big ask,” said Lampard.
“They are a good team, good players and a really good coach in Brendan. We have to consider ourselves as can we get a result against a competitor.
“Leicester are a quality team but we are not the only team in that position. Parts of the team are not firing and it is hard to win games in this league.
“But the work ethic is just as important as the confidence. The potential is there, it just needs to be unlocked.”
Just six points separate Chelsea and the third-placed Foxes and Lampard says he enjoys taking on the likes of Brendan Rodgers.
Lampard added: “He’s really impressive. I enjoy going up against him, it’s difficult because he is a great coach. We will have a tough challenge and then fist bump.”