AC Milan may not be winning an unlikely Scudetto, but they’ve still managed to greatly exceed expectations this season, and barring an extreme collapse, will be finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League for the first time since 2013.
Their next task is to build on that success and remain competitive in the future as well. One player who just might be key to those ambitious is Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori, who’s become an essential part of the Rossoneri since joining at the end of January. The 23-year-old has started eight of the twelve league games he’s been eligible for, including the last five in a row, and he also played every minute of Milan’s matches in the Europa League knockout rounds.
With a rather generous €28m buy-option built into his loan, Milan would be foolish not to take advantage, and their head coach, Stefano Piolo certainly agrees.
“My will and the technical area are clear on the satisfaction that this player has given us. Without detracting from our excellent defenders, he has very important characteristics of speed and contrast. Our will is to keep him but it is clear that there are other factors at play.”
Everyone at Milan has been full of praise for Tomori ever since his arrival, and he’s hardly put a foot wrong on the pitch that would’ve disproved those notions. While obviously nothing is certain until all the ink is dry on all the contracts, this one looks practically a done deal, and has for a while.