Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is reportedly set to leave Stamford Bridge on loan when the January transfer window opens next month.
According to talkSPORT, the 22-year-old is “almost certain” to depart the Blues on a temporary basis in search of regular first-team action.
It is claimed that Premier League rivals Leeds United have expressed an interest in the centre-back, but French side Rennes have been in discussions about him and they are viewed as his most likely destination.
Tomori enjoyed a breakthrough season in Chelsea’s first-team last year and played in 22 games across all competitions.
But he’s made just three appearances all season so far for Frank Lampard’s side and has fallen down the pecking order.
He’s a massively talented youngster to come through the academy, but unfortunately is competing in the senior group with centre-backs Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma.
It looks like a smart move to give the speedy defender the chance to keep progressing out on loan, as he’s definitely one of the rising stars that has the potential to be a future starter for the club.
There may be an argument to suggest Chelsea should try keep Tomori in the Premier League, but Leeds play a very specific kind of system and Rennes are a strong side in France pushing for a European finish.