Milan are closing in on a deal that will see them signing Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori on loan until the end of the season with a £ 25million buy option, Goal can confirm.
Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan had been the main target for the Rossoneri, but the Frenchman, who is also a target for RB Leipzig, needs surgery and will be out for around two months.
Milan have been following Tomori, 23, for some time and only a few details of the deal need to be confirmed before the move is made official.
Goal confirmed the interest of the Serie A giants earlier this week and further noted that Premier League sides Newcastle and Leeds are also in competition for the formerly-selected England international.
Born in Canada, the center-back has been on Chelsea’s books since the age of seven and, despite having gone through the club’s youth system at Stamford Bridge, only managed to make 27 outings for them, scoring two goals.
He has however benefited from many loans in the championship, first with Brighton then Hull and last season Derby.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insisted on Friday that Tomori would only be allowed to leave the club temporarily.
“He absolutely has a long term future at this club and we’ll see if he gets loaned and when,” the manager said.
“The moment I got close to Fikayo was when I loaned him to Derby and he was the player of the year and one of the best players in the league that year.
“He came back last year, played over 20 games for us at a young age and then joined the England squad.
“There is a long term plan for Fikayo in my head for his career here. And if he leaves on loan, it will be to improve his personal development, hopefully, help the team he’s going to and come back as a better player.
Tomori has only played for the Blues once in the Premier League this season, playing the second half of his side’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool on September 20.