AC Milan have confirmed the signing of Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori on a loan deal until the end of the campaign. The signing of the 23-year-old goes a long way into easing the defensive problems faced by Stefano Pioli’s men in their title challenge. Milan have been a surprise package in the season, as they have been challenging for the title alongside favourites like Juventus and Inter Milan. However, the last few weeks have seen Pioli worked a lot to ease the defensive problems faced by the team.
Tomori has been signed on loan until the end of the campaign, but Milan do have the option of making the move permanent by paying €30 million, which equates to around £26 million. After coming through the ranks at Chelsea, Tomori came to prominence at Derby when Lampard was the manager. After Lampard took over at Chelsea, Tomori became a key member of the young squad that achieved beyond expectations in the 2019-20 season.
Throughout last season, the youngster made 22 appearances but the vast majority of these games came in the first half of the campaign. Since suffering an injury midway through last season, Tomori has been rarely seen in the Chelsea shirt. The signing of Thiago Silva on a free transfer further curtailed his first-team opportunities.
Lampard says that he expects Tomori to come back much better, as he expects the defender to get regular gametime. Speaking to Sky Sports, Lampard said: “He absolutely has a long-term future at this club.
“In my head there is an absolute long-term plan for Fikayo about his career here. If it is to go and play games [on loan] it will be to absolutely enhance his personal development and hopefully help whatever team he goes to, because that will go hand in hand, and he will come back to us a better player.”
However, it is a surprise that Lampard is very certain about Tomori given that Milan do have the option of exercising the option to buy the player. The Chelsea squad has witnessed many promising stars leave the club for new pastures and it would not be surprising if Tomori followed suit – even if Milan does not turn out be a permanent destination.