European heavyweight ‘doing everything’ to seal signing of Chelsea star

Date published: Friday 26th March 2021 2:14 - Robert McCarthy

Billy Gilmour Fikayo Tomori

AC Milan are ready to “do everything” in their power to keep Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori at San Siro, according to honorary vice-president Franco Baresi.

The Serie A giants have made massive improvements this season and currently planning for the 2021/22 campaign. To that end, it would appear that Blues star Tomori is very much in their thinking going forward.

The England international, who moved to Italy on loan in January, has made a big impact and is wanted on a permanent deal by the Rossoneri.

Discussions are already taking place regarding the possible reduction of a £26million purchase option on the player.

Milan legend Baresi confirmed to Gazzetta dello Sport: “We’ll do everything to sign him on a permanent deal.

“Two months are remaining until the end of the season, and it’s not only up to Milan.

“Tomori is imposing himself with talent and determination. He has shown no fear to play in a new league. Potentially, he can become a great champion. I hope he lives up to expectations.”

Tomori is not the only player that Milan are looking to secure the future of, however, with an extension being mooted for the evergreen Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

There are also concerns that first-choice goalkeeper Donnarumma could leave on a free transfer. But Baresi thinks the Italy international can be talked into staying put.

He added: “We know his qualities. He’s grown up at Milan and we know how important he could be in the coming years.”


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Haaland summer fee set

Borussia Dortmund have set Manchester United and Chelsea target Erling Haaland’s summer transfer fee at £154million, a report claims.

Haaland has become one of the world’s most coveted players following his rise since the start of last season. The striker, who netted on his Champions League debut, has scored 33 goals in 31 games this season. In addition, he has notched 20 Champions League goals faster than any other player and is the youngest to do so.

Erling Haaland Koln v Borussia Dortmund March 2021

As such, teams across Europe, including United, Chelsea and Manchester City, want to sign him.

The Norwegian’s contract features a €75million (£64million) release clause which activates in summer 2022.

However, those keen could be willing to pay the extra this year to ensure they do not miss out on a generational talent.

The extra money teams would have to pay has proved a topic of debate in recent weeks; reports have touted that Dortmund would want at least £100million for their star man.

According to ESPN, however, Dortmund have made it clear that they want €180million (£154million).

READ MORE: Serie A giants ‘will never accept’ Chelsea valuation of unsettled star

 

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