Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori will fly to Italy over the coming days to finalize a loan deal to Serie A leaders AC Milan, according to reports.
The 23-year-old defender has only been limited to four appearances in all competitions Frank LampardThe Blues have played 45 minutes so far Premier League soccer.
Sportsmail was revealed earlier this week that Italian club Milan have stepped up talks to sign Tomori on a six-month loan deal with an option to buy for £ 27 million.
Fikayo Tomori is expected to finalize a loan deal to AC Milan next week, according to reports
Tomori is expected to join Stefano Pioli’s Milan – who currently lead the Serie A standings – on loan
And according to Italian sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, Tomori’s loan to AC Milan will be completed next week with the defender traveling to Italy in the near future.
Milan are hoping to sign Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simakan, but the 20-year-old is likely to move to Red Bull Leipzig where he is seen as a potential replacement for Dayot Upamecano this summer.
Tomori has interests from Newcastle United among others in England plus clubs in LaLiga but is interested in playing Italy and Chelsea see it as a good step forward in his development.
Defender Tomori has only played 45 minutes in the Premier League this season
The 23-year-old is expected to join Milan on a six-month loan deal with a £ 27 million purchase option
But despite moving away from Stamford Bridge this month, Tomori still has a long-term future at Chelsea according to Blues boss Lampard.
“ Fikayo Tomori really has a long-term future at this club, and we will see if and when he is loaned out, ” said Lampard ahead of his team’s match against Fulham on Saturday.
“ The time I got close to Fikayo was when I took him to Derby with me and he was Player of the Year there and one of the best players in the Championship that year in my opinion.
Blues boss Frank Lampard (center) insists that Tomori (left) has a long-term future at Chelsea
“ And then he came back and played over 20 games for us at a very young age last year and was in the England squad. There is an absolute long-term plan for Fikayo in my head about his career here.
“ And if it’s to go and play a game, it’s to really improve his personal development. Hopefully helping whichever team he comes to, because that will go hand in hand, and then come back to us as better players. ‘
Chelsea are also willing to listen to the offers of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. Rudiger played the whole 90 minutes of Chelsea’s 1-0 Premier League win over 10 Fulham players on Saturday night.