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Chelsea centre back rumors: Fikayo Tomori, Maxence Lacroix, Jules Koundé latest

Tomori departure becomes a tad bit more certain

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Fikayo Tomori

AC Milan are set to sign Fikayo Tomori by way of paying the full amount of the buyout clause, according to Fabrizio Romano and Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella. The agreement should be completed soon, and Big Fik will sign a 5-year contract with the Rossoneri.

While Milan won’t get a discount, Chelsea should allow them to spread the payment over multiple years.

Maxence Lacroix

Chelsea-target, Maxence Lacroix is also on the radar of RB Leipzig, as per Sky Deutschland. The Bundesliga side are looking for a replacement for Liverpool-bound Ibrahima Konaté, and Lacroix is apparently the dream target, due to his brilliant performances in Germany.

Leipzig are expected to send an offer in the coming days, but with the 21-year-old’s contract good through 2024, a transfer won’t be cheap. VfL Wolfsburg are hoping to hold on to Lacroix for another year, and will apparently only entertain bids of €30m or above.

Jules Koundé

Arsenal may be one of the many clubs with a strong interest in Jules Koundé, but according to the Athletic, the Gunners are unlikely to be able to afford his price tag, which is at least £50m. Moreover, Koundé is said to be not interested in joining a club who will not be playing in next season’s Champions League.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are also interested in signing Koundé, and while they can offer the France international the opportunity to play in the Champions League, they will also be unable to meet his asking price. Sevilla have seemingly braced themselves for the 22-year-old’s departure this summer, despite three more years left on his contract, but Barca would only be able to sign him if Sevilla accept players in exchange.

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