Chelsea have been told they have blundered allowing Fikayo Tomori to leave so cheaply – with one Italian pundit explaining why he already exceeds a far pricier counterpart in three areas.
Tomori sealed a loan move to the Serie A club in January after falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. He was allowed to depart after previous boss Frank Lampard decided he was not part of his immediate plans.
The defender is due to return to London at the end of the season. However, the Serie A title chasers did manage to secure an option to buy the centre-half for a fee of £25m.
At the time, that fee looked quite steep. However, Tomori’s huge impact in Italy means Milan will likely take that up. Furthermore, they’ve even been tipped to sign him up and then sell him on for an enormos profit.
Chelsea probably did not expect Tomori to have the impact that he’s had in Serie A. Despite having played just 12 games so far, he’s won rave reviews and many observers have been won over.
Indeed, Paolo Ziliani, an Italian pundit, claims Tomori has already eclipsed Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt as the best young defender in Serie A. Furthermore, he’s intimated that allowing him to leave for the San Siro could be a decision Chelsea come to regret.
De Ligt joined Juventus in a huge deal in July 2019 that could eventually cost the Old Lady €85m. The Dutchman endured a tough first season in Italy and it’s been a similarly tough campaign this time around. A positive case of Covid 19 in January certainly did not help matters.
Even so, Ziliani reckons Tomori is better than De Ligt in three key areas.
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“One thing Milan cannot fail to do is pay Chelsea the €28million for Tomori. If it cost €35m for Tonali, which isn’t worth it (at least for now) Bennacer and Kessi, Tomori at €28m is a bargain.
“For anticipation, speed and agility he is better than De Ligt, who cost Juve €85.5m.”
Tomori enjoying Italian life
Canada-born Tomori certainly appears to be enjoying his time in Italy and would appear open to a permanent move.
Indeed, he has stated that playing abroad was something he was always open to – though he says he does have challenges to overcome.
“Personally I always liked the idea of living in a different country, it wasn’t much of a shock mentally, I always thought it would be nice,” he told Sky Sports.
“I’m enjoying it, obviously I can’t see my family as much but luckily we have FaceTime so I can keep in touch. I’m trying to make the most of the experience, trying to better myself, learn the language and understand the language.”