AC Milan’s Maldini says purchase option on Chelsea star is ‘very high’

Date published: Monday 1st March 2021 2:13 - Matthew Briggs

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AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini says the purchase option in Fikayo Tomori’s loan deal is “very high”.

The Chelsea defender joined Milan on loan in January and he has been a hit for the Rossoneri.

The 23-year-old, who was born in Canada, has made three Serie A starts and recorded three wins for Milan.

Tomori started at centre-back against Roma on Sunday and helped Milan to a 2-1 win in what was his seventh appearance for the Italian giants.

His loan deal was sanctioned by old boss Frank Lampard after falling out of favour. The England hopeful had only featured once in the Premier League this season under Lampard. Thus he was allowed to move on, with a purchase option included.

Tomori’s loan deal runs until the end of the season with an option to buy reportedly set at £25m, plus £5m in add-ons.

Maldini has revealed that Tomori has adatped well to life in Italy and permanent move could be on Milan’s radar.

“Tomori is a good talent and we have a buy-option clause,” he told Sky in Italy. “The price is very high. AC Milan will decide at the end of this season and we will discuss it with Chelsea’s board.”

 

 

Tuchel sends Gilmour to U23s

Meanwhile, Tuchel has reportedly decided to relegate Billy Gilmour into Chelsea’s development squad.

Football.london reports that 19-year-old, who has featured just once since Tuchel took charge at Stamford Bridge, will line-up against Leicester’s Under-23s at the Foxes’ training ground on Monday.

Gilmour’s solitary appearance under the German coach was in the FA Cup win over Barnsley. And in fact he has been included in the Premier League matchday squad on just two occasions under Tuchel.

Tuchel has preferred Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, and N’Golo Kante in his central midfield and Tuchel has admitted Gilmour is fourth choice.

READ MORE: ‘Struggling’ Abraham told to like it or lump it, as Tuchel explains omission

 

 

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