AC Milan are among a group of clubs who are keen to take Fikayo Tomori on loan for the rest of the season.
The Serie A leaders want to strengthen their defence as they mount a title challenge, and although Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simikan is their main target, they are considering Tomori as an alternative.
Other clubs have been put on alert after Frank Lampard confirmed that Tomori will be allowed to leave in the current window, after falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
He almost joined Fulham on transfer deadline day but decided to stay and fight for his place under Lampard, but that move has backfired, and he has made just four senior appearances so far this campaign, most recently as a substitute in the FA Cup win over Morecambe at the weekend.
Despite that, Chelsea still regard him as a long-term prospect, which is why he is only being allowed to leave on loan.
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