AC Milan In Talks To Sign Fikayo Tomori

AC Milan are in talks to sign Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori on loan, with former Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic also set to join the Serie A leaders.

AC Milan have since signed the former Juventus striker on a deal until the end of the season.

The 34-year-old has been without a club since leaving Qatari side Al-Duhail in July.

The deal with Tomori could include an option for Milan to buy the 23-year-old who won his sole full England cap in November 2019.

Tomori has fallen out of favour at Chelsea this season, only making four appearances. He nearly joined West Ham in October, but wanted to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place.

However, his only two starts this season came in the Carabao Cup, with one substitute appearance in the Premier League and one in the FA Cup.

“Fikayo is a developing player, we had four centre-backs last year, you can’t play four in a game but you try to find consistency of selection,” said Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

“This year we have five centre-backs so the predicament is difficult for the centre-backs who are not playing regularly and that’s why he may go out on loan for his development.

“He’s a young player, his development has been a huge rise in the last two or so seasons since I’ve been working with him and that will continue – we’ll find the best path for that.”

Tomori signed a five-year deal with Chelsea in December 2019, soon after his England debut as an 84th-minute substitute against Kosovo – having switched his international allegiance after representing his native Canada at Under-20 level.

At that point he was a regular in Lampard’s side, having also played under the Chelsea boss while he was on loan at Derby the previous season.

But he fell out of favour in the second half of last season, while competition for places at centre-back has increased since the arrival of Thiago Silva in August.