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AC Milan deem Fikayo Tomori £25m buy-option too high ... for now — report

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Fikayo Tomori has earned rave reviews in Italy with a string of good performances for AC Milan since joining on loan from Chelsea in January.

The 23-year-old had found game-time hard to come by under Frank Lampard, but with a new manager at the helm now along with a three-man backline becoming our default formation, there’s a fresh tinge of hope that Tomori could ultimately still make it at Chelsea.

However, AC Milan have the option to sign him permanently for £25m, which would throw a spanner into any such plans. Fortunately, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sempre Milan), the Rossoneri are unsure as yet whether to pay the pre-decided amount to Chelsea.

Italian clubs have been notoriously penurious in their dealings with us in recent years (looking at you, Inter!), and for once, this could be prove to be beneficial for us. The report claims that Milan are still “exploring” Tomori’s signing, with the Serie A side believing his valuation to be inflated. The continuing financial impact of COVID-19 will also need to be taken into account.

Another report by the same outlet posits Milan towards signing Spezia centre back Martin Erlic instead, as the 23-year-old Croatia international is said to be available for almost one-third of Tomori’s asking price at €10m.

This does bode well for Chelsea, with Tomori having sky-high potential. After proving himself at AC Milan, it would only be right that he gets an opportunity to do the same for Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.