Chelsea of England defender, Fikayo Tomoi may end up sticking with AC Milan of Italy in a full transfer that could be worth up to €28m, megasportsarena.com reports.
This is sequel to reports out of The Land of The Azzurr, with strong indications that the Rossoneri are eager to keep the Nigerian-born England international centre back.
Tomori, who was born in Canada to Nigerian parents but is a naturalised citizen of England, would be eager to stay put at The San Siro, as he had lost his first team shirt with Chelsea before moving out on loan at the start of this season.
Following his sterling performances in the Italian Serie A, Milan are now angling for his extended stay and they are reportedly set to discuss a permanent deal with The Blues’ top shots on Monday.
A report by sportsmole adds: “The 23-year-old struggled in the first half of the season at Stamford Bridge, when Chelsea’s former coach, when Frank Lampard was at the helm, but he made 22 appearances in Milan colours during a productive loan spell in the second half of the campaign.
“The Rossoneri’s coach, Stefano Pioli and technical director, Paolo Maldini have made no secret of their desire to land Tomori on a permanent deal, and the club are understood to have a €28m (£24m) option-to-buy clause in the terms of his loan deal.
“However, the Serie A giants are supposedly reluctant to fork out that amount of money, and Tuttosport claims that they will try to negotiate a lower fee with Chelsea during talks on Monday.
“The report claims that Chelsea are unlikely to budge when it comes to price, but Milan still view the signing of Tomori as a priority after he established himself as a first-team regular.
“The centre-back still has three years left to run on his Chelsea deal, and he was recently overlooked by Gareth Southgate for England’s Euro 2020 squad.”