AC Milan show interest in Fikayo Tomori after speculation over defenders next move

AC Milan have potentially made an approach for Fikayo Tomori, shortly after it was announced he could leave Chelsea on loan.

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Fabrizio Romano reported the possible advancement from Milan on his Twitter channel, suggesting that the young defender would accept the new destination if presented.

The Serie A stalwarts may have been shocked into life when Frank Lampard shared that he would be willing to lend Tomori out if the decision was suitable for club and player.

Following the FA Cup win over Morecambe on Sunday, the Chelsea manager admitted to reporters that: “There is a possibility he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else.”

Tomori was only afforded a ten-minute cameo in his fourth appearance of the season against the League Two team, a demonstration of his current role with the Blues.

Milan are top of their respective league, rejuvenated under Stefano Pioli and the resurgence of Zlatan Ibrahimović. They have been suffering slightly from injuries, suspensions and illness recently though, with Ante Rebic and Rade Krunic forced to isolate.

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Therefore, Pioli may be looking at Tomori to bolster his squad, however Romano did also imply that Milan’s main target was Mohamed Simakan from Strasbourg. If a deal collapsed for the latter, then the former would become an option.

Simakan is three-years junior to Tomori, but has already played 15 more times this campaign than his defensive counterpart.

Milan and Chelsea have a strong history of sharing players, including the likes of Hernan Crespo, Marcel Desailly, Jimmy Greaves, Ruud Gullit, Andriy Shevchenko, and George Weah.

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More recent trades have been for Fernando Torres, Michael Essien, and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who have all largely disappointed after swapping either Stamford Bridge or the San Siro.

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Whether he does move to Milan or not, Tomori will be hoping he can start afresh and reignite his promising career.    

The Chronicle View

I mentioned in a previous post that I want Tomori to remain at Chelsea and prove himself, but as the days pass by and the transfer rumors rumble on, it seems less likely I’ll receive my wish.

I think a move, especially abroad, will only be beneficial if he can be guaranteed minutes, which won’t be easy considering the form of Milan.

As hard as it may be to turn down a team of that stature, I think Tomori should be looking for options closer to home in a familiar environment.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.