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Milan signs loan with Fikayo Tomori with option to buy

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Fikayo Tomori is expected to join Serie A leaders Milan on loan until the end of the season with an option to make the transfer permanent, as he seeks to gain more playing time away from Chelsea.

The 23-year-old made 15 league appearances for the Blues last season, but the arrival of Thiago Silva and the return of Kurt Zouma from a loan to Everton limited the proceeds from the youth academy to just one appearance in the league this year.

Tomori’s exclusion from Frank Lampard’s plans left him looking for minutes elsewhere, and Fabrizio Romano reports he is set to join Milan on loan for the remainder of the season, with a buy option included in the deal.

The England international will help the Serie A side in their bid to topple Juventus as Italian champions, and can be counted on in the midst of a busy end-of-season schedule.

I Rossoneri suffered from injury issues at the core of his defense this year, with talisman Simon Kjaer succumbing to fitness issues in December.

The possibility of further injuries to Kjaer or captain Alessio Romagnoli has left Stefano Pioli scrambling to find a viable alternative, having sometimes had to rely on starlet Pierre Kalulu during this campaign.

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Tomori has barely played for Chelsea this season | Marc Atkins / Getty Images

The Milan boss will also be wary of a potential coronavirus outbreak decimating his squad, and with the Italian giants in the midst of an unexpected title charge, he hopes to bolster his squad in as many positions as possible.

Tomori will receive the minutes he needs in Italy, having fallen out of favor under Lampard at Stamford Bridge. He gained vital experience in Derby County during the 2018/19 campaign, when the Chelsea boss was also cutting teeth with the Championship squad.

Milan are also getting closer to signing Mario Mandzukic, according to the same reporter, with the Croatian striker set to sign a contract that will last until the end of the season after medical examinations are completed.

Mandzukic last played for Qatari side Al-Duhail but made a name for himself in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich before a successful stint with Serie A giants Juventus.