AC Milan join race for Chelsea defender Tomori

Fikayo Tomori Chelsea 2020-21

AC Milan have registered theirinterest in signing Chelsea centre-backFikayo Tomori although they face competition from a number of clubs in England and abroad.

Indeed, for Milan, Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan has been the main target but the Ligue 1 side are holding out for a club-record fee, with RB Leipzig also showing an interest.

Tomori is open to a move overseas having considered a switch to Rennes over the summer , with the versatile defender wanting to leaveChelsea having not started a match since September.

Frank Lampard, meanwhile,is keen to trim his squad andis willing to allow Tomori to leave Stamford Bridge.

Speaking after a 4-0 win over League Two side Morecambe in the FA Cup – a game that saw Tomori makehis first appearance in over three months as he came off the bench- Lampard said:”The situation with Fikayo is open at the moment, in that he could be going on loan to get games.

“But that will have to be the right decision for him and the club. So while I was looking at starting him today, I was also looking at that (the potential for a loan move), and we’ve got to make the right decisions for us, for the club and for him.

“His attitude has been fantastic in terms of working, training every day and how he is.”

Tomori’s first-team breakthrough at Chelsealast season saw him rewarded withhis England debut but since then he has fallen down the pecking order for club and country.

He had previously been on loan with Lampard at Derby County afterspells with Hull City and Brighton.

Tomori’s increasingly likely departure means that Antonio Rudiger will remain in west London during the January transfer window despite his own concerns over a lack of game time.

However, Chelsea areopen to letting Kepa Arrizabalaga and Marcos Alonso leavebut their high wages could prove a stumbling block.

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