AC Milan are reportedly on the verge of signing Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori on a permanent basis. According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Serie A runners-up have agreed a €28 million fee with the Champions League winners for the centre-back.
Tomori has performed impressively for AC Milan since arriving on loan in this year’s January transfer window, and many were surprised to see the 23-year-old overlooked by England manager Gareth Southgate in his provisional squad for this summer’s European Championships.
AC Milan Agree Permanent Fikayo Tomori Signing
Tomori Did Not Figure in Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea Plans
Upon the conclusion of the 2020/21 Serie A season, Tomori watched from afar as his parent club Chelsea defeated Manchester City to win the Champions League title for the second time in their history.
In the aftermath of that victory, it is expected that both manager Thomas Tuchel and experienced defender Thiago Silva will sign new contracts at Stamford Bridge.
These developments would significantly negate Tomori’s prospects of having a long-term Chelsea future, given that Silva is a first-choice defender at the club, and Tuchel sees no place in the side for the young Englishman.
As such, his impending transfer to AC Milan looks set to go through relatively quickly, and could be completed within the coming days. The 23-year-old will put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Italian giants.
Tomori Can Build on the Promise of Six-Month Loan
The 23-year-old has accomplished a great deal in his short time in Italian football so far. Tomori racked up an impressive 17 league appearances in the second half of the season – 16 more than he made under Frank Lampard in the Premier League before making the move from Stamford Bridge. He also scored his first goal for Stefano Pioli’s side in a commanding victory over deposed champions Juventus earlier this month.
Pioli reiterated his desire to sign Tomori permanently immediately after that game, and now looks set to get his wish sooner than he might have expected.
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