Chelsea's Tomori deal to AC Milan reportedly official next week

Chelsea's Tomori deal to AC Milan reportedly official next week

AC Milan is expected to activate a transfer clause in order to capture Fikayo Tomori on a permanent basis, with a deal with Chelsea expected to be finalized in the coming days.

According to Fabrizio Romano of Serie A, AC Milan is likely to finalize the purchase of Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori after triggering the €28.5 million clause that would make his loan move permanent next season.

Tomori joined Milan in January after a first-half season at Chelsea where he struggled for playing time under Frank Lampard.

The defender has made an impression in Serie A, earning plaudits from technical director Paolo Maldini for his contributions to the squad.

“Fikayo is a player with interesting qualities,” Maldini said. “He is quick, hard-working, and was someone we were following closely with January in mind.", he added. 

“The deal contains an option to sign him from Chelsea. I’m lucky to work in a club where if a player knows we want them, it makes an impact.”

There were even calls for him to be included in the England squad that will compete at the Euros, but Gareth Southgate chose to stick with tried-and-true choices.

Despite this, the 23-year-old has plenty of time on his hands to work his way into future plans.

Chelsea will suffer a setback as a result of the move. Thiago Silva is 36 years old and won't be around much longer, while Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger have either been injured or have battled with form.