Chelsea have confirmed the departure of center-back Fikayo Tomori for AC Milan on loan until the end of the season.
Milan wanted a new center-back this summer and initially identified Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simakan as their preferred target, but eventually set their sights on Tomori, who was eager to make the trip.
The two clubs started talks in mid-January and things have progressed fairly quickly, and now Chelsea have confirmed on their official website that they have sent Tomori to San Siro for the remainder of the season.
As part of the deal, Milan would have the option of signing the 23-year-old for good next summer for around £ 25million.
Tomori should now compete for a few minutes with Alessio Romagnoli and Simon Kjaer, who have formed a dominant duo since the latter’s arrival from Sevilla this summer.
Stefano Pioli’s side currently sit at the top of the Serie A table, three points ahead of rivals Inter, and the hope is that Tomori will help strengthen their defense and keep them on track. for their first league title since 2011.
Tomori will be looking forward to playing football again. He has managed just four appearances in all competitions for Chelsea this season, finding himself firmly stuck behind Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard recently insisted he still has a “long-term plan” for the center-back, but Tomori has apparently been won over by Milan, where director Paolo Maldini admitted they were waiting to welcome him with open arms.
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