Milan backed to snatch £24m Chelsea talent and sell him on for profit

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Italian giants AC Milan could buy Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori on a permanent basis by triggering his release clause, a journalist has said.

The defender sealed a loan move to the Serie A club in January after falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Tomori is due to return to London at the end of the season. However, the 23-year-old has been hailed for his impressive performances at the San Siro since his switch.

In fact, Milan could well pay out the £25million (€28million) release clause in his contract to keep him in Italy full-time.

In his ten games for Milan, Tomori has only lost three times and has kept two clean sheets. However it is his style of play that is impressing manager Stefano Pioli.

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Journalist Adam Newson told MilanNews that he believes Chelsea made an error in implement the release clause.

He said: “Personally I think Chelsea have made a mistake in inserting the clause in favour of Milan, because I think Tomori has great skills and would be perfect for Tuchel’s three-man defence.

“However, the Blues have other talented young centre-backs like Marc Guehi, perhaps this influenced Chelsea’s decision on Tomori.”

Tomori featured in just four Chelsea games before his temporary transfer to Milan.

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Tomori underpriced

Newson said he believed that the £25million price tag slapped on him is too little.

Pundits’ opinions on this differed when he arrived in the Italian capital but he has since proven his value.

Newson added: “Actually, I think €28m is a little bit low for Tomori.

“He is only 23, he is already an English international and can only improve with experience.

“His performances so far have been impressive and I understand why Maldini (Paulo, Milan technical director) wants to sign him.

“Moreover, if Tomori stayed with the Rossoneri and played regularly at a good level, in a couple of years he would attract the interests of the Premier League and so Milan could sell him for a much higher amount than what they paid for him.”

The Chelsea academy graduate previous enjoyed spells at Hull City and Derby County.

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