AC Milan are close to agreeing a deal to take Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori on loan for the rest of the season.
Their main transfer target was Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simakan, but he has now been ruled out for two months after corrective surgery following a knee injury sustained in a match with lens.
They turned their attention to Tomori, but insisted that any deal included an option to buy should he prove a success in Serie A.
Chelsea were initially reluctant, because Frank Lampard viewed the centre-back as one for the future at Stamford Bridge. However, they have now acceded to the request.
Academy graduate Tomori has only played 27 times for the Chelsea senior side since making his competitive debut for them in May 2016. He has had previous loan spells with Brighton, Hull City and Derby County, and now it looks like his long-term future lies away from West London.
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