Chelsea have received an approach from AC Milan for out-of-favour defender Fikayo Tomori, it is claimed.
Tomori was one of the young players to benefit from Chelsea’s transfer ban last summer. It gave him the chance to step up into the first team after working with Frank Lampard at Derby.
Lampard showed faith in Tomori when the pair returned to Stamford Bridge in 2019. However, the centre-back eventually dropped down the pecking order.
His last Premier League start for Chelsea came in February 2020, and he has only recorded 45 minutes of top flight action since.
While Tomori has had some opportunities in domestic cup competitions, he needs to find more regular gametime if he is to continue his development.
Lampard recently confirmed that a loan exit was a possibility for the 23-year-old. He left him out of the starting lineup for Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Morecambe as a result.
“Situation with Fikayo is open about the moment,” he said after the match. “There is a possibility he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else.
“So that would have to be the solution for him and the club. That was part of my thinking of not starting him today.”
Now, the identity of Tomori’s next club for the rest of the season has begun to take shape. According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, AC Milan have asked for the defender’s services.
Currently top of Serie A, Milan are on the hunt for reinforcements to help get them over the line for what would be a first league title in a decade.
Defence is a key area they are looking to bolster, and they are aware of Tomori’s situation.
Tomori an alternative to Milan’s main target
At the moment, the England international is simply an alternative to their main target. Milan would prefer to sign Mohamed Simakan from Strasbourg.
Coincidentally, Simakan has also been suggested as a target for Chelsea. Hence, should Milan miss out on him to the Blues or another club, they will turn their attention to Tomori.
The Canadian-born star is still under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2024, so Chelsea are not under pressure to sell. However, they know he needs to find a temporary solution to avoid his career stagnating.
Hence, Milan could come calling – and Romano adds that Tomori “would accept the destination” if they do.
He had previously been linked with Leeds, but that option was swiftly ruled out. Instead, a move abroad could be on the cards.