Ligue 1 outfit Rennes have opened talks with Chelsea over the possibility of signing Fikayo Tomori on loan, claim reports.
Tomori has endured a mixed first full season in the Chelsea first team. The defender started the season positively, making his senior England debut and signing a long-term contract in the process. However, he fell out of favour in the second half of the campaign.
At 22 years old, he finds himself at a career crossroads. However, he may have the chance to ensure his career stays on track by moving to France.
According to The Guardian, Rennes have made their interest in Tomori known. After finishing third in Ligue 1 and thus qualifying for the Champions League, the French side are looking to reinforce.
Defence is one of the key areas they are aiming to upgrade. And Tomori is a profile that appeals to them, due to his composure in and out of possession.
Chelsea would only be willing to part with Tomori on loan, as they still believe in his potential. However, with Frank Lampard still wanting to sign a new defender, Antonio Rudiger or Andreas Christensen could also move on.
While Chelsea are yet to agree on where Tomori’s short-term future lies, they will consider a loan exit. Doing so would help him add to the experience he picked up this season.
In total, Tomori played 15 times in the 2019-20 Premier League – with all those appearances coming as starts. Due to injury, he did not feature after the re-start in June.
Previous reports have mentioned West Ham as another option for Tomori. Lampard remains keen on Declan Rice, so could offer Tomori the other way.