There is growing optimism in the AC Milan circles regarding the completion of a permanent deal for Chelsea loanee, Fikayo Tomori. While the Rossoneri had deemed the 23-year-old’s €28m buy option to be excessive at one point, they’re now slowly starting to realize that Tomori’s actual worth may be even more than that, and are willing to bet on him for the future, with club captain Alessio Romagnoli’s status at the club currently uncertain.
Gazzetta dello Sport further reiterates that stance, claiming that Milan are already thinking about activating that sweet buy option that Chelsea gifted them, with the Blues said to be “regretting” that decision.
Milan, who are very happy and impressed with Tomori’s performances, will make their final decision in May, with a permanent transfer looking likely as of now, and Tomori could become the latest of our youngsters whose sale we might rue in the near future.
Chelsea are still working to extend Thiago Silva’s contract, waiting for the final decision in the coming days/weeks. Meanwhile, AC Milan are “so happy” with Fikayo Tomori impact and performances - the board will decide in May on the €28m buy option. #CFC #ACMilan— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 19, 2021
Another Chelsea centre back whose future appears to be unclear is Antonio Rüdiger, with the German international’s contract expiring in 2022. Chelsea will reportedly try to reach an agreement over a new contract, but Rüdiger is said to be hesitating over signing on the dotted line just yet.
According to the Athletic, Rüdiger is very happy under Thomas Tuchel’s regime, with his form as of late reaching new heights. However, he is still “scarred” from what happened when Frank Lampard was in charge, with the 28-year-old even worried about losing his place in the German national team at that time. He seemingly felt isolated, angry and frustrated during that point, which is why he doesn’t want to rush into a new contract.
Rüdiger is aware of the constant hiring-and-firing of managers at Chelsea, and knows that should Tuchel be sacked, the next manager may not be as cordial towards the centre back. With the Blues linked to a plethora of centre backs recently, the club will need to decide on which of our CBs leave, and if this situation persists, Rüdiger could well be one of those names.