AC Milan keen to secure loan deal for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori
AC Milan hope to complete their loan for Fikayo Tomori in time for the Chelsea defender to make his debut on Saturday.
The Italian giants are aiming to complete their loan deal for Tomori so that the England defender can play against Atalanta this weekend, according to the PA news agency.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has insisted he has a “long-term plan” to help Tomori reach his full potential, and do so with the Blues.
But Lampard hasn’t been able to find a regular first-team role for Tomori this quarter, despite the 23-year-old playing regularly in the first half of last season.
Thiago Silva’s summer arrival has left the Blues with five senior center-backs, with Lampard admitting it would be impossible to give them all regular football.
Tomori found himself behind Kurt Zouma, Toni Rudiger and Andreas Christensen in Chelsea’s pecking order, and opted for a loan to find regular action.
Tomori’s loan is expected to last until the end of the campaign, with AC Milan retaining an option to buy this summer for £ 25million.
The Rossoneri are not believed to be able to monetize any permanent summer transfer purchase, and in any case Chelsea continue to insist that Tomori’s long-term future remains in West London .
The Blues will head to Sunday’s FA Cup fourth round game against Luton with boss Lampard under increasing pressure after six losses in eight Premier League games.
Monday’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester has stepped up the pressure on the former Chelsea and England midfielder, with the 42-year-old fully aware that he needs a winning – and quick – run. to consolidate its position.
Former Paris St Germain boss Thomas Tuchel and ex-Juventus manager Max Allegri are both out of work and appear passionate about Chelsea’s challenge.
Chelsea have backed Lampard to spend £ 220million on a summer overhaul of the Stamford Bridge squad, but big-name signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are struggling to acclimate to the rigors of the Premier League.
Lampard will likely have more time to reverse the current drop in form, but a Premier League top-four finish has always been a minimum requirement.